THE SECRET OF SHAKESPEARE -His Greatest Plays Seen in the Light of Sacred Art

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THE SECRET OF SHAKESPEARE -His Greatest Plays Seen in the Light of Sacred Art

THE SECRET OF SHAKESPEARE His Greatest Plays Seen in the Light of Sacred Art Martin Lings Shakespeare’s greatness as an artist lies above all in the total impact that each of his best plays makes upon us when acted. But being a synthesis, this impact is not easily put into words. This book begins and ends with the mystery of the total impact, to which the title is closely related; but the secret in question has also an aspect which belongs to Shakespeare’s greatness as a man— a greatness which, we maintain, is unmistakably visible through the semi-transparent veil of his plays. Martin Lings clarifies the essential greatness of Shakespeare by focusing our attention on the total impact his best plays make on us when acted. For this purpose he concentrates on the texts and their theatrical rendering, in such a way as to transmit to us, at the same time, a powerful impression of Shakespeare the man, such as perhaps no other book can give us.
“This short book does more to reveal or suggest what in Shakespeare is the quintessence of his greatness than the most laborious exposition could ever do.” — Kathleen Raine *** “It is a book which seeks to interpret to a wider audience the profound wisdom that is contained within the symbolism of certain plays of Shakespeare.” — H. R. H. The Prince of Wales


Martin Lings

(Abū Bakr Sirāj ad-Dīn)


Martin Lings was born in Burnage, Lancashire. After a classical education, he read English at Oxford where he was a pupil and later a close friend of C. S. Lewis. In 1935, he went to Lithuania where he lectured on Anglo-Saxon and Middle English at the University of Kaunus. After four years, he went to Egypt and was given a lectureship in English Literature at Cairo University where he lectured mainly on Shakespeare. He later returned to England and took a degree in Arabic at London University and subsequently joined the staff of the British Museum where he was Keeper of Oriental Manuscripts until his retirement in 1973. He is the author of The Sacred Art of ShakespeareAncient Beliefs and Modern SuperstitionsThe Eleventh Hour, Symbol & Archetype, The Book of Certainty (the Sufi Doctrines of Faith, Vision and Gnosis), A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth CenturyWhat is Sufism? and Sufi Poems: A Mediaeval Anthology. His Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources has been acclaimed as the best biography of the Prophet. He was also the author of several articles for the new Encyclopaedia of Islam, of the article on Sufism in the latest edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica and participated in various Islamic conferences form time to time. He was a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and member of its council and also a member of the British Museum Society.


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