Shakespeare and History
Even if there were not a single true train of thought in Jan Kott’s collection of essays, it would still remain my favourite book on Shakespeare.  Shakespeare Our Contemporary. Jan Kott. Methuen 1964, 16s Kott’s technical erudition is impressive, but his intelligence is always excited by the plays themselves: he is not concerned with the mechanics of plot or even primarily with the modes of the dramatic genre, but with history and man. He does not take refuge in professional objectivity; he never separates apprehension from evaluation. He judges passionately, and so arouses passions. In me, the passions of admiration—and refusal.
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