Shakespeare for the Wiser Sort

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Manchester University Press, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 192 pages
William Shakespeare's plays are riddled with passages, scenes and sudden plot twists which baffle and confound the most devoted playgoer and the most attentive commentator. Why, for example, didn't Hamlet succeed to the throne of Denmark at the instant of his father's death? (It's not because the Danish throne was elective.) Why does Chorus in Romeo and Juliet promise his audience "two houres trafficke of our stage" when the play obviously runs almost three hours? And what is a "dram of eale"? This engaging and lucid book solves these tantalizing riddles and many others.

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Steve Sohmer is Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford and a Research Associate at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

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