” The amateur is very rare in French literature – as rare as he is common in our own. “


” In the literature of France Moliere occupies the same kind of position as Cervantes in that of Spain, Dante in that of Italy, and Shakespeare in that of England. His glory is more than national – it is universal. “


” In pure literature, the writers of the eighteenth century achieved, indeed, many triumphs, but their great, their peculiar, triumphs were in the domain of thought. “


” How far the existence of the Academy has influenced French literature, either for good or for evil, is an extremely dubious question. “


” English dramatic literature is, of course, dominated by Shakespeare, and it is almost inevitable that an English reader should measure the value of other poetic drama by the standards which Shakespeare has already implanted in his mind. “



All 5 Lytton Strachey Quotes about Literature in picture


The amateur is very rare in French literature - as rare as he is common in our own.
In the literature of France Moliere occupies the same kind of position as Cervantes in that of Spain, Dante in that of Italy, and Shakespeare in that of England. His glory is more than national - it is universal.
In pure literature, the writers of the eighteenth century achieved, indeed, many triumphs, but their great, their peculiar, triumphs were in the domain of thought.
How far the existence of the Academy has influenced French literature, either for good or for evil, is an extremely dubious question.
English dramatic literature is, of course, dominated by Shakespeare, and it is almost inevitable that an English reader should measure the value of other poetic drama by the standards which Shakespeare has already implanted in his mind.