Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 238. Friday, 16 April 1993.
Date: Friday, 16 Apr 1993 10:45:10 +0501 (EDT)
Subject: Hamlet and Ulysses
I am planning to do some work on the "Scylla and Charybdis" episode in
Ulysses and have a few questions about Stephen Dedalus's theory of Hamlet
that some of you out there can probably answer:
1) Is the factual information Stephen uses to back up his claim true?
I.e., did Shakespeare really leave Ann Hathaway his secondbest bed? Was
his son's name really Hamnet? Did he really beat his lead actor (I forget
the name) to an assignation? Etcetera.
2) If this information is not true, would it have been accepted as true at
the time of Ulysses (June 4 1904?) If not, where would Stephen have gotten
3) Does the conclusion Stephen draws about Shakespeare's brother having
had an affair with Ann seem completely wacko to those of you who make this
kind of conjecture for a living, or is it plausible?
4) Would it have seemed plausible in 1904?
Thanks for answering these stupid questions.