Books: Merchant of Venice (Cont'd)

THE LAST DAYS OF SHYLOCK—Ludwig Lewisohn—Harper ($2.50).*

Playwright Shakespeare gave Ludwig Lewisohn the idea. But not even Shakespeare could make much of a play out of Revamper Lewisohn's Shylock. For Lewisohn has romanticized Shylock's melodramatic figure, gentled him down into an unconvincing shadow of his former self. You learn that Antonio's pound of flesh was safe all the time. Shylock's "knife would not have gone very deep into the bosom of his adversary.'' He would only have nicked him, got him good & scared, then shown the Christian...

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