The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1605 Saturday, 24 September 2005
From: Bill Arnold <
Date: Thursday, 22 Sep 2005 13:12:40 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 16.1588 What Happens in "Hamlet"
Comment: Re: SHK 16.1588 What Happens in "Hamlet"
Arnie Perlstein writes, "...I have read about half of Wilson's book on
Hamlet, and am as impressed as Jim is by what I see...What I like most
about Wilson is that he spends most of his time talking about very
specific down to earth details about these characters and their
motivations, basing them, it seems to me, on only a handful of extrinsic
assumptions...I am really looking forward to testing what Wilson says
against the text itself, but would like to hear as wide a range of
comments first, so that I will be as open as I can be to the various
Well, as I have written already on this matter, I will respond
summarily. Jim and Arnie are walking that yellow brick road that many of
us have from Wilson to Bernard Grebanier's Castle of *The Heart of
Hamlet." So, I recommend that to spare us all, you top off your golden
trip with a look inside the castle, and behind the curtain, and blow
away the smoke and see the mirrors! Then, we can relate. Gladly!
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