- A.C. Bradley is a Shakespearean critic belongs to the borderland between and nineteenth and twentieth century. His famous lectures on the four great tragedies of William Shakespeare were delivered at the end of the last decade of nineteenth century although those were published in book form (Shakespearean Tragedy) in 1904. This explains the reason for some scholars to claim Bradley as belonging to the twentieth century.
- Bradley is also considered the last great Romantic critic of William Shakespeare in spite of the general run of Victorian critics who had failed to develop the creative criticism of Coleridge in proper direction. Bradley’s criticism based on the aesthetic tradition of Coleridge and Hazlitt was in fact the culmination of a century of romantic thinking on William Shakespeare and his Shakespearean Tragedy remained for a whole generation the truest and profoundest book on Shakespeare criticism. It has not yet just its pride of place among the common readers.