A New Study of the Sonnets of Shakespeare
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The greater part of what is contained in this volume was originally prepared as an informal address to a small circle of friends; but as it soon became evident that the subject could not be brought within the compass of that mode of communication, the author was induced to change the matter he had in hand into the more formal and deliberate shape of a essay. It would have been better for him, in order to avoid possible repetitions, oversights, and peculiarities of diction not suited to an elaborate treatise, if he had written the whole work over again, but he was warned against that labor by his advancing years, which might add to, instead of decreasing, the defects of his performance.
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