Note by A Milnes to As A Playwright a chapter of The Life Of Dryden

We can only wonder that Johnson should have thought that this could be Dryden's own writing. But it will be useful to note in what a condition the art of criticism must have been when such work as this was not too bad for Dryden's approval, and could even be attributed to himself entirely. Criticism in Dryden's time may be easily divided; it consisted of two classes only — unlimited flattery and unlimited abuse.

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