William Shakespeare’s Hamlet

USEFUL WEBSITES


Background to the Play

Shakespeare Online has a brief introduction to the sources that Shakespeare used for writing Hamlet, which is not his original story. 


Books Three and Four of Saxo Grammaticus's 1200 AD History of the Danes contains the story of Amleth, the Danish prince whose father, the king, is murdered by the king's brother.


Francois de Belleforest’s 1570 version (doc) of the story of Hamblet (yes, with a b) is another source that Shakespeare likely used.


Thomas Kidd’s The Spanish Tragedy


Study Guide Help

Penguin’s Hamlet Teacher Guide


Take a look at Hamlet Online, a full directory of websites devoted to Hamlet.


A contemporary review of Sarah Bernhardt's famous performance of the role of Hamlet in 1900.


CRITICISM

ESSAYS:

“Hamlet and His Problems” (T.S. Eliot)--in which Eliot calls Hamlet an “artistic failure”

(wikipedia reference to the essay)


“The World of Hamlet” (Maynard Mack)


A.C. Bradley’s Shakespearean Tragedy Lectures.  (Hamlet:  Lecture V)


“Nothing is at Stake:  On Shakespeare, Lana Del Rey, and the Relatable” (John Pistelli)--on whether Shakespeare ought to be seen as a moral voice


“The Embassy of Death” (G. Wilson Knight)


AUDIO:

BardCast:  What Is Hamlet?


Oxford Professor Emma Smith’s 2012 lecture on Hamlet:  “Why is Hamlet Called Hamlet?”


Stanford Professor Martin Evans’s 2007 Three-Part Lecture  [Power Point companion]

I.    Background to Hamlet:  The Revolutions of the Sixteenth Century

  1. II. The Reasons for Hamlet’s delay

  2. III.  The Problems with the Play


UC-Berkeley’s Charles Altieri’s Three-Part Lecture

Part I (52 min)      Part II (70 min)       Part III (60 min)


VIDEO:

Shakespeare Uncovered:  Hamlet, with David Tennant


University of Chicago Shakespeare Professor David Bevington:  “Love and Friendship in Hamlet”


Orson Welles and Peter O’Toole on the play in BBC’s TV program “Monitor” from 1963


The Imagination of Hamlet--a two-hour roundtable discussion with some very intelligent scholars and actors


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Read from the First Folio!

All three editions of Hamlet, side by side:
The first quarto (Q1), of 1603 (the “Bad Quarto”);
the second quarto (Q2), of 1604-05;
the First Folio, of 1623 (the one we read)

Hamlet CHARACTER CHART

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The Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2010 version with David Tennant as Hamlet and Patrick Stewart as Claudius  

To be or not to be--six videos of the famous soliloquy

“Hamlet and Shakespeare” (1989)--a funny sketch with Hugh Laurie and Rowan Atkinson (5 min.)

BBC’s Animated Hamlet
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