What Happens in Hamlet

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 2, 1951 - Drama - 357 pages
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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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User 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

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User 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

Contents

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VI
25
VII
26
VIII
39
IX
44
X
51
XI
52
XII
55
XXVIII
199
XXIX
200
XXX
205
XXXI
217
XXXII
229
XXXIII
239
XXXIV
240
XXXV
246

XIII
60
XIV
66
XV
75
XVI
78
XVII
87
XVIII
88
XIX
101
XX
114
XXI
125
XXII
137
XXIII
138
XXIV
144
XXV
153
XXVI
164
XXVII
174
XXXVI
258
XXXVII
265
XXXVIII
276
XXXIX
291
XL
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XLI
295
XLII
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XLIII
305
XLIV
309
XLV
321
XLVI
335
XLVII
343
XLVIII
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