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Plays and Puritans
Charles Kingsley

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This etext was produced from the 1890 Macmillan and Co.  "Plays and
Puritans and Other Historical Essays" edition by David Price, email
ccx074@coventry.ac.uk 

PLAYS AND PURITANS {1} 

by Charles Kingsley 

The British Isles have been ringing for the last few years with the
word 'Art' in its German sense; with 'High Art,' 'Symbolic Art,'
'Ecclesiastical Art,' 'Dramatic Art,' 'Tragic Art,' and so forth; and
every well-educated person is expected, nowadays, to know something
about Art.  Yet in spite of all translations of German 'AEsthetic'
treatises, and 'Kunstnovellen,' the mass of the British people cares
very little about the matter, and sits contented under the imputation
of 'bad taste.' Our stage, long since dead, does not revive; our
poetry is dying; our music, like our architecture, only reproduces
the past; our painting is only first-rate when it handles landscapes

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