n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - Nathaniel Merriman's Lecture : "On the Study of Shakspeare"




Nathaniel Merriman's lectures on Shakespeare were published in 1857 and 1858. The first, "On the Study of Shakspeare," was delivered in the Court House, Grahamstown on the 2nd September 1857 to an audience of more than four hundred and fifty people. The second, "Shakspeare, as Bearing on English History," was given in the same venue two months later, on Friday, 6 November 1857, and was also well attended. The lectures were published under the auspices of the Committee of "The General Institute," which sponsored the lectures, and printed at the Anglo-African Office in the High Street. The newspaper was started by C.T. Campbell in 1853, and his press undertook jobbing printing as a side-line. A general background to the lectures in the context of nineteenth century Grahamstown is provided in the accompanying article.


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