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Snakes in Denmark?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0693  Tuesday, 20 April 1999.

From:           Jack Heller <
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Date:           Monday, 19 Apr 1999 10:17:54 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Snakes in Denmark?

Dear List Members:

Thank you, first of all, for responses to my inquiries on a Beaumont and
Fletcher edition. I am thinking very seriously of pursuing further the
possibility of such a project. If anyone has had experience with both
Oxford and Penguin as publishers he/she has worked with, I'd be
interested in knowing his/her preference.

On rereading Hamlet, I am now wondering about snakes in Denmark. The
story has been told that King Hamlet died of a snakebite, but no, the
ghost tells us, Claudius killed him. The feasibility of the snakebite
story may depend on whether there were poisonous snakes in Denmark. Was
the snakebite story plausible at first, or was it suspicious at first?
Replies off-list are welcome.

Jack Heller

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