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COURSE OF LECTURES

ON

DRAMATIC ART AND LITERATURE,

BY

AUGUSTUS WILLIAM SCHLEGEL.

TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGIVAL GERMAN

BY JOHN BLACK.

Second Edition.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

LONDON:

J. TEMPLEMAN, 248, REGENT STREET;
J. R. SMITH, 4, OLD COMPTON STREET, SOHO.

MDCCCXL,

340.

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A NEw epoch of French Tragedy begins with Voltaire, whose first appearance on the theatre, in his early youth, followed close

upon

the
age

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

may

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

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