Richard Farmer

(1735—1797) literary scholar and college head

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(1735–97), English classicist and scholar, author of An Essay on the Learning of Shakespeare (2nd edn. 1767). Farmer's work responds to earlier critics who claimed that Shakespeare was skilled in both Latin and Greek. He argues instead that Shakespeare relied on contemporary translations of the ancients.

From The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

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