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The Quick 10: 10 People Who Hate Shakespeare

Stacy Conradt
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6. English playwright Robert Greene dismissed Shakespeare as a mere amateur who has been romanticized over the years, calling him "An upstart now beautified with our feathers."

7. J.R.R. Tolkien, in speaking of his days at King Edward's School, said that he "disliked cordially" the Shakespeare section of his English literature studies.

8. Dr. Samuel Johnson, a well-known English writer and scholar in the 1700s, had his red pencil out while reading Bill. "Shakespeare never had six lines together without a fault," he once said. "Perhaps you may find seven, but this does not refute my general assertion."

9. Samuel Pepys spent an evening watching A Midsummer Night's Dream, then recorded in his diary that [he] "had never seen before, nor shall ever again, for it is the most insipid ridiculous play that ever I saw in my life."

10. King George III was maybe not so firm in his hatred, but more disapproving of the melancholy turn many of Shakespeare's works took. "Is this not sad stuff, what what?"

What do you think? Genius, overrated, or were the works we know as Shakespeare's not even his? Share in the comments!

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