Cultivating Grahamstown: Nathaniel Merriman, Shakespeare and Books

Wright, L.S. (2008) Cultivating Grahamstown: Nathaniel Merriman, Shakespeare and Books. Shakespeare in Southern Africa, 20 . pp. 25-37. ISSN 1011-582X

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In 1857, Archdeacon Nathaniel Merriman delivered two public lectures on Shakespeare under the auspices of the “General Institute” of Grahamstown. The first, “On the Study of Shakspeare”, was given on 2 September and “Shakspeare, As Bearing on English History” two months later, on Friday 6 November. This article sets out to place the lectures in their local context, by providing a brief sketch of literary and cultural life in the town, in which the appreciation of Shakespeare played no small part.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:This item relates to annotated editions of Merriman's two lectures on Shakespeare prepared by the author: 'On the Study of Shakspeare' and 'Shakspeare as Bearing on English History'.These items, published and forthcoming in Shakespeare in Southern Africa, are also available in the e-repository.
Uncontrolled Keywords:Nathaniel Merriman, Shakespeare, Grahamstown, South Africa, nineteenth century, 19th century, Olive Schreiner, Robert John Mullins, Canon Matthew Norton, Colonial libraries, reading rooms, reading habits, book trade
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Divisions:Research Institutes and Units > Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)
ID Code:1097
Deposited By: Prof Laurence Wright
Deposited On:22 Sep 2008
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:21
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