This thesis was written in 1961-62 as a PhD Dissertation for the Department of English, the University of Chicago. As a study of the villain-hero, so early in my career, it highlights a life-time absorption on my part in this central location of creative energy in English literature. It was in my view Shakespeare’s springboard … More Richard III: A Study of the Elizabethan Villain-Hero.
The third requisite in our poet or maker is imitation, imitatio, to be able to convert the substance or riches of another poet to his own use. To make choice of one excellent man above the rest, and so to follow him until he grow very he, or so like him as the copy may … More Volpone and Lear – Introduction