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Book Backstory with Lee Oser

Book Backstory with Lee Oser

It was a challenge to leave the enclaves of modernist literature, where my work was generally accepted, to face rejection as a novice in the world of Shakespeare studies. I suffered many embarrassments before I learned to defend and advance the positions I take in this book.

Excerpt of Shakespeare and the Idea of Western Civilization

Excerpt of Shakespeare and the Idea of Western Civilization

One of the defining features of great poetry is an extraordinary sensitivity to the spiritual currents of the age—to disturbances in the fabric of a culture’s moral consciousness. It is, therefore, not surprising that the greatest poet of the English language should manifest an awareness of the nominalist assumptions that had begun to permeate the web of daily life by the end of the sixteenth century.

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