The Characters. Edited with introduction and commentary by R.G. Ussher.
MacMillan, London, 1960. XIII,296p. Original green cloth with dust wrps. Former library copy. dust wrps a bit worn and strenghtened with adhesive tape. Dust wrps, cover and endpages with library marks, stamps, etc. Pages a bit yellowed. Upper corner pages a bit bumped. 'The most valuable part of the edition is the General Introduction. It is divided into five sections: (i) Origin and Nature of the Work, (ii) The Probable Date of composition, (iii) The Text and the Manuscript Tradition, (iv) The Style of the Characters: their Content, and (v) Before the Characters and After. Mr Ussher's wide reading and critical scholarship here find convenient and impressive deployment, and it is difficult to challenge his conclusions. His emphasis on the connexion of Characters as a literary genre with drama, and of those that we have with comedy in particular, is convincing. It is a pity that he did not take the courage of his convictions and produce a new text, with an up-to-date apparatus criticus and a commentary more economically planned.' (J.S. MORRISON in The Classical Review (New Series), 1962, p.48).