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What Happens in "Hamlet"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1605  Saturday, 24 September 2005

From: 		Bill Arnold <
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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 
interpretative options."

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!

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

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