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"i know of nothing in all drama more incomparable from the point of view of art, nothing more suggestive in its subtlety of observation, than shakespeare’s drawing of rosencrantz and guildenstern.

...

they never die. horatio, who in order to ‘report hamlet and his cause aright to the unsatisfied,’

‘absents him from felicity a while,
and in this harsh world draws his breath in pain,’

dies, but guildenstern and rosencrantz are as immortal as angelo and tartuffe, and should rank with them. they are what modern life has contributed to the antique ideal of friendship."



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grashupfer
Dec. 16th, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
Oscar Wilde.
jones_casey
Dec. 16th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
kudos. speaking of topsy turvy, i see that a musical was created based on gilbert's engaged which prox mentions below, called topsy turvy loves.
proximoception
Dec. 16th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
Gilbert, whose Engaged was a big influence on Wilde, wrote a play about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. It's not bad, but not as good as Engaged, which isn't as good as Wilde.
jones_casey
Dec. 16th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
i've just now read rosencrantz and guildenstern. it has among its virtues brevity. it does a fair job of roasting the play and its star. i'd be glad to read more of wilde on it though.
proximoception
Dec. 16th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
I remember 'the world has grown sad because a puppet [Hamlet] was once melancholy' from one of his dialogues.
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