John O'Meara

Shakespearean, neo-Romantic critic

John O'Meara Shakespeare Shakespearean Romanticism Literary Critic Novalis


“excellent Shakespearean explorations … The idea of Lutheran depravity without Lutheran grace or Lutheran-Calvinist justification is very strong and original …” {Anthony Gash, Drama Head, The University of East Anglia}

No other study on Hamlet has yet to consider the way in which the play in its four major aspects of Sorrow, Sexuality, Revenge, and Death, consistently reflects the otherworldly direction of Hamlet's thought and experience …  {Corona Sharp, English Studies in Canada,Volume 19, Number 4, December 1993}

O’Meara offers a thesis of evolution in which Shakespeare’s concern with the ego and libido ... is freed by the use of imagination and, in later stages, by inspiration and intuition …” {Arthur F. Kinney, English Language Notes, September, 1998}


… rigorous … highly pertinent … the present book, especially the final chapter, “Prospero’s Powers: Shakespeare’s Last Phase,” is the culmination of a long journey [in O’Meara’s study of Shakespeare’s work] . The kind of philosophy  underlying The Tempest has its present day equivalence in Rudolf Steiner's Anthroposophy, “that process of living further into the ‘wisdom’ of man” (p.88) which appears to have close links with the Rosicrucian Enlightenment … ” {R.W. Desai, The Critical Endeavour, Vol. XXIV, January 2018}


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