What Happens in Hamlet

1935, a first printing of this classic Shakespeare criticism


John Dover Wilson


Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1935
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Printing Details

First edition. Hardback in dustwrapper. 22.5 × 14cm, viii + 334pp.

J Dover Wilson's book is a classic of Shakespeare criticism. Hamlet has excited more curiosity and aroused more debate than any other play ever written. Is Hamlet really mad? Does he really see his father's ghost, or is it an illusion? Is the ghost good or bad? What does it all mean? Dover Wilson brings out the significance of each part of the complex action, against the background. His analysis of the play emphasises Shakespeare's dramatic art and shows how the play must be seen and heard to be understood. This is a readable, entertaining and scholarly book.


The book is in very good condition, with the ownership signature of James Craigie, the Scottish literary academic. The binding is secure and the pages are clean. The dustwrapper is a bit tanned to the spine and rubbed and a little chipped to the joints and edges, but is otherwise sound.



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