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Remembering Shakespeare

Remembering Shakespeare

The Scope of His Achievement from 'Hamlet' through 'The Tempest'

By John O'Meara

The longstanding challenge and problem of living through tragedy, as opposed to living beyond it or simply carrying on in spite of it, is highlighted in this extensive and in-depth scholarly study. Shakespeare was able to live through tragedy and consequently could come into those higher evolutionary states of mind and being, until now so little known, that are so impressively represented in his last plays.


(Essential Essays)


225 pages |

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Excellent Shakespearean explorations... The idea of Lutheran depravity without Lutheran grace or Lutheran-Calvinist justification is very strong and original ...

Anthony Gash, University of East Anglia

No other study on Hamlet has yet to consider the way in which the play in its four major aspects of Sorrow, Sexuality, Revenge, and Death, consistently reflects the otherworldly direction of Hamlet's thought and experience ...

(Corona Sharp, formerly of Brescia University College)

[O'Meara] offers a thesis of evolution in which Shakespeare's concern with the ego and libido ... is freed by the use of imagination and, in later stages, by inspiration and intuition ...

Arthur F. Kinney, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

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John O'Meara was born in Canada and educated in England, at the University of East Anglia, where he became a Shakespearean. In his writing career he developed a neo-Romantic approach that allowed him to explain, among other things, how Shakespeare could evolve out of his deep tragic period into his triumphant late plays (sometimes called "romances"). This neo-Romantic position drew him more and more intensively into the study of Romantic and post-Romantic literature, and the result was a series of studies collected under the title "On Nature and the Goddess". Because of his background, he was also able to refer this literature back to Shakespeare who now became a measure and touchstone of what many authors were claiming is possible in our relationship to Nature and the Goddess. Visit the author's website at