Thursday (10th April, 1919)

The lady of the Y.M.C.A. insisted on presenting me with an interesting book.  I am to write and tell her how I like it.  (Mais, “Shakespeare to O’Hentry”).

The new book deals in an original way with certain aspects of Shakespeare, in particular with his limitations, which he certainly had; through our hero-worship we are apt to overlook them.  I wonder if Shakespeare ever waited five months for a homeward-bound troopship?

3 thoughts on “Thursday (10th April, 1919)”

  1. The book in question is “From Shakespeare to O. Henry: studies in literature” by S.P.B. Mais (Stuart Petre Brodie Mais), 1885-1975. It was published by G. Richards, London in 1917 (with a 2nd ed in 1928 reprinted 1930), and by Dodd, Mead & Co, New York in 1918, and reprinted in the US in the late 1960s. The 1918 US edition can be viewed online here:
    It contains 12 essays, 6 reprinted from journal and 6 more published for the first time. The Shakespeare essay is the first of the 12.

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