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Murder Most Foul: Hamlet Through the Ages

David Bevington


This book is an account of Shakespeare's great play from its sources in Scandinavian epic lore to the way it was performed and understood in its own day, and then how the play has fared down to the present: performances on stage, television, and film; critical evaluations, publishing history, spinoffs, spoofs, musical adaptations; the play's growing reputation, its influence on writers and thinkers, and the ways in which it has shaped the very language we speak. Since all these things go hand in hand over the centuries, the history of Hamlet can be seen as a kind of paradigm for the cultural h ... More

Keywords: sources, stage, television, film, publishing history, reputation, influence, musical adaptations, English language

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199599103
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599103.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Bevington, author
Phyllis Fay Horton Professor in the Humanities Emeritus, University of Chicago