John O'Meara

Shakespearean, neo-Romantic critic

John O'Meara Shakespeare Shakespearean Romanticism Literary Critic Novalis

Shakespeare, the Goddess, and Modernity  (2012)

See A Final Rendering 

A collection that brings together virtually all of the published shorter critical work of John O’Meara, gathered from over 30 years of production.

“profoundly philosophical ... a most significant contribution to the ongoing discussion of Shakespeare’s values.” {Charles Forker, author of Fancy’s Images: Contexts, Settings, and Perspectives in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries, 1996}


“John O’Meara’s work is the perfect supplement to [Ted] Hughes’s “Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being”, shedding further illumination into those areas where Hughes’s penetrating lens finally appears to dim … [O’Meara’s work] shines utterly clear light on the path of understanding we may re-win with regard to myth, forcing the reader to face the incredible starkness of the prospect we face—and the lack of options—ever closing in—and also giving the reader the necessary clues to follow, particularly Barfield, Shakespeare and Rudolf Steiner.” {Richard Ramsbotham, author of Who Wrote Bacon? William Shakespeare, Francis Bacon and James I, 2004}


On The New School of the Imagination  (2007), reprinted in Shakespeare, the Goddess, and Modernity (2012):

“I have never seen Steiner’s Mystery Plays spoken of so relevantly … There we have our modern ‘debacle’, or whatever we wish to call it, and there O’Meara appears and writes so pertinently of Steiner’s direct address to the situation in his plays.” {Richard Ramsbotham}  

“greatly illuminating as a formulation about how to assess the forward-looking aspects and the regressive dangers in Romantic writing” {Andrew Welburn, author of The Truth of Imagination}