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Studies of Some of Shakespere's Plays


Studies of Some of Shakespere's Plays

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    Frank Walters (Author)
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889. Excerpt: ... V. HAMLET. 'It is not merely what we have done, not merely the posthumous fruit of our activity that entitles us to honourable recognition after death: but also our striving itself, and especially our unsuccessful striving,--the shipwrecked, fruitless, but great-souled Will to do.'--Heine. This play belongs to Shakspere's Third Period: its first draft was printed in 1603, and in 1604 it was published in a second quarto, 'newly imprinted, and enlarged to almost as much again as it was.' Swinburne regards with great interest the contrast of these two quartos, as giving us evidence of the care with which Shakspere elaborated his plays, and the value he attached to his work. He says: 'Scene by scene, line for line, stroke upon stroke and touch after touch, he went over all the old laboured ground again: and not to ensure success in his own day and fill his pockets with contemporary pence, but merely and wholly with a purpose to make it worthy of himself and his future students. Pence and praise enough it had evidently brought him in from the first. Not one single alteration in the whole play can have been made with a view to stage effect or to present popularity and profit: or we must suppose that Shakspere, however great as a man, was naturally even greater as a fool. Every change in the text of Hamlet has impaired its fitness for the stage and increased its value for the closet in exact and perfect proportion.' The original story of Hamlet belongs to the Historia Danica of Saxo Grammaticus: but it is supposed that Shakspere had the plot suggested to him by a translation of Belleforest's Histoires Tragiques, The story is, however, completely transformed in the drama: for in the Histoires Hamlet is made to avenge his wrongs, marry two wives, and ascend the Da...
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