Harvard Classics

Introductory Note: Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Introductory note on Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Wikipedia)


Poems, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The manuscripts of many of the best poems of Rossetti were buried with his wife. Friends prevailed upon him to allow them to be exhumed --- and these poems, once buried with the dead, are now a treasure of the living. (Volume 42, Harvard Classics)

Rossetti born May 12, 1828.


Introductory Note: John Webster

Introductory note on John Webster (Volume 47, Harvard Classics)


The Duchess of Malfi (Act IV), by John Webster

Latest news abroad in Malfi: The Duchess has run off with her butler. But this happened before the days of newspapers or radio, so Webster made from it an exciting play. (Volume 47, Harvard Classics)


Introductory Note: Sir Walter Raleigh

Introductory note on Sir Walter Raleigh (Volume 33, Harvard Classics)


The Discovery of Guiana, by Sir Walter Raleigh

Savages who drink the powdered bones of their dead mixed with wine, Amazons who hold riotous festivals, the worship of golden statues, all the primitive wonders of Guiana are described by the famous Elizabethan gallant, Sir Walter Raleigh. (Volume 33, Harvard Classics)


Introductory Note: J. C. Friedrich von Schiller

Introductory note on J. C. Friedrich von Schiller (Volume 32, Harvard Classics)


Letters upon the Æsthetic Education of Man (Letters 1-7), by J. C. Friedrich von Schiller

Who has ever thought the arts had anything to do with freedom? Schiller did. Forced by a German noble to enter a military school, he escaped. Struggling to achieve freedom, he wrote a series of letters on the relation of art to freedom. (Volume 32, Harvard Classics)

Friedrich von Schiller died May 9, 1805.


Introductory Note: Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Introductory note on Richard Brinsley Sheridan (Volume 18, Harvard Classics)


The School for Scandal (Act IV, Scene III), by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Lady Teazle hides in haste when her husband is unexpectedly announced. Situations which set many tongues wagging and fed the fire of gossip in Scandal-land, startle the reader. (Volume 18, Harvard Classics)

"School for Scandal" produced at Drury Lane, May 8, 1777.


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