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Book on Shakespeare's Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0731  Wednesday, 16 April 2003

From:           Bill Arnold <
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Date:           Tuesday, 15 Apr 2003 13:01:56 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Book on Shakespeare's Hamlet

SHAKSPEReans: In the 1960s I read a book about Shakespeare's Hamlet
which was the first I had ever read which turned upside down, for me,
the role of Hamlet in the play as I had understood it up until that
time.  Prior to the reading of that book, I had always heard Hamlet
referred to as "The Procrastinator."  In the book in question, Hamlet
was alleged to be just the opposite, a reasoned and cautious Prince who
took his time to figure out the truth of his father's untimely death,
and dealt with the facts accordingly.  Thus, he was seen as heroic
rather than cowardly.

Can someone supply the list with the name of the book and the author?  I
would also welcome thoughts upon its scholarship, in hindsight, now that
nearly a half century has passed since its appearance.

Bill Arnold
http://www.cwru.edu/affil/edis/scholars/arnold.htm

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