What Happens in Hamlet
John Dover Wilson's What Happens in Hamlet is a classic of Shakespeare criticism. First published in 1935, it is still being read throughout the English-speaking world and has been widely translated. Hamlet has excited more curiosity and aroused more debate than any other play ever written. Is Hamlet really mad? Does he really see his father's ghost, or is it an illusion? Is the ghost good or bad? What does it all mean? Dover Wilson brings out the significance of each part of the complex action, against the background. His analysis of the play emphasises Shakespeare's dramatic art and shows how the play must be seen and heard to be understood. This is a readable, entertaining and scholarly book.
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Review: What Happens in HamletUser Review - Louise Armstrong - Goodreads
FAB_U_LOUS!! I'm not even teaching Hamlet at the moment but this is so clear and interesting I sat down and read it straight through. JDW spent 17 years reading about Elizabethan history so that we ... Read full review
Review: What Happens in HamletUser Review - Chris - Goodreads
Wilson takes a close look at the action in Hamlet, esp. with regards to staging the play. If you have seen any recent film editions of Hamlet, you can see Wilson's influence. Read full review