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(04/03/2008) What Happens In Hamlet by J. Dover Wilson. New York. 1936. Macmillan. keywords: Shakespeare Literary Criticism Hamlet. 334 pages. Cover: The actors appearing in the role of Hamlet shown on the front cover of this jacket are as follows: E. H. JOHNSTON FORBES-ROBERTSON, JOHN PHILIP KEMBLE, F. R. BENSON WALTER HAMPDEN LAWRENCE BARRETT, DAVID GARRICK, EDWIN BOOTH, BARRY SULLIVAN, CHARLES DILLON, ROBERT MANTELL, M. MOUNET-SULLY, MR. RAE OSMOND TEARLE, & G. V. BROOKE LOUISE POMEROY.

A thoroughly engaging exploration of Shakespeare's Hamlet that takes the reader through the play scene by scene.

FROM THE PUBLISHER -

   HAMLET is the most famous and the most often performed of Shakespeare's plays. But there are many difficulties and apparent inconsistencies facing those who would produce the play on the stage as well as those who would read Hamlet with an intelligent appreciation of what is going on. One example of these difficulties is in the 'play scene'; it can be expressed in a nutshell by the question: 'Did Claudius see the dumb-show - and if not, why not?' This problem engaged the attention of Dr. Dover Wilson on a dreary train ride in 1917 and immediately set him on an excited pursuit of all sorts of clues and questions which opened up fresh difficulties the more he pursued them. Before reaching his quarry, the trail led to a complete recension of the text of HAMLET and the editing of the play in The New Shakespeare Series. Now after eighteen years of keen detective work, Dr. Dover Wilson has completed his quest. The results of his discoveries are presented in WHAT HAPPENS IN HAMLET.

 

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