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Alastair Fowler

2 March 1989
Shakespeare’s Scepticism 
by Graham Bradshaw.
Harvester, 269 pp., £32.50, June 1987, 0 7108 0604 3
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The Elizabethan Hamlet 
by Arthur McGee.
Yale, 211 pp., £14.95, November 1987, 0 300 03988 3
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... prowess that may end the disproportionate war. Personal honour is above rational consistency, not below it. It often strikes me how little US criticism impinges on British critics. In so far as ArthurMcGee’s The Elizabethan Hamlet is concerned with traditional problems, it was largely rendered unnecessary by Frye’s better-informed The Renaissance Hamlet (1984), although it retains interest ...

Partnership of Loss

Roy Foster: Ireland since 1789

13 December 2007
Ireland: The Politics of Enmity 1789-2006 
by Paul Bew.
Oxford, 613 pp., £35, August 2007, 978 0 19 820555 5
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... loss’ for Ireland. This applied as much to a moderate federalist like Isaac Butt as to those who tried a hopeless armed rising in 1848. Bew unearths a fascinating prophecy made by Thomas D’Arcy McGee (ex-revolutionary turned successful Irish emigrant) immediately afterwards: The people are not to blame that there has not been a revolution. Next time they must trust in local leaders like the ...

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