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COURSE OF LECTURES
DRAMATIC ART AND LITERATURE,
AUGUSTUS WILLIAM SCHLEGEL.
TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGIVAL GERMAN
BY JOHN BLACK.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
J. TEMPLEMAN, 248, REGENT STREET;
CONTENTS TO VOL. II.
A NEw epoch of French Tragedy begins with Voltaire, whose first appearance on the theatre, in his early youth, followed close
of Louis the Fourteenth. I have already, in a general way, alluded to the changes and enlargements which he projected, and partly carried into execution. Corneille and Racine
be said to have led a true artist's life: they were dramatic poets with their whole soul; their desire, as authors, was confined to that object alone, and all their studies were directed to the stage. But Voltaire wished to shine in every possible department; a restless vanity would not allow him to be satisfied with the attempt to attain perfection in any one walk of literature ; and from the