But the traditional critical response, with which I will chiefly be concerned in this chapter, has been keener to surrender to the sway of the awesome and ineffable: What do we touch in these passages? Sometimes we know that all human pain holds beauty, that no tear falls but it dews some flower we cannot see. Perhaps humour, too, is inwoven in the universal pain, and the enigmatic silence holds not only an unutterable sympathy, but also the ripples of an impossible laughter whose flight is not for the wing of human understanding.
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Download preview PDF. Skip to main content. In he was appointed secretary to the Royal Commission on the British Museum. Collier used these opportunities to effect a series of literary fabrications. Over the next several years he claimed to find a number of new documents relating to Shakespeare's life and business. After New Facts, New Particulars and Further Particulars respecting Shakespeare had appeared and passed muster, Collier produced the famous Perkins Folio, a copy of the Second Folio , so called from a name written on the title-page.
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In this book were numerous manuscript emendations of Shakespeare, said by Collier to be from the hand of "an old corrector. Their authenticity was disputed by S. Brae in Literary Cookery on internal evidence. In the folio was submitted by its owner, the Duke of Devonshire, to experts at the British Museum. Collier was exposed by Nicholas Hamilton in his Inquiry. The point whether he was deceiver or deceived was left undecided, but the falsifications of which he was unquestionably guilty among the manuscripts at Dulwich College have left little doubt respecting it, he had produced the Memoirs of Edward Alleyn for the Shakespeare Society in He followed up the Diary of Philip Henslowe , he interpolated the name of Shakespeare in a genuine letter at Dulwich , the spurious entries in Alleyn's Diary were proved to be by Collier's hand when the sale of his library in gave access to a transcript he had made of the Diary with interlineations corresponding with the Dulwich forgeries.
No statement of his can be accepted without verification, no manuscript he has handled without careful examination, but he did much useful work, he compiled a valuable Bibliographical and Critical Account of the Rarest Books in the English Language.