"Old School" Book Discussion: Hamlet by William Shakespeare

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To read or not to read, that is the question. "Shakespeare in the classroom" brings back memories of mandatory read-out-loud plays in iambic pentameter, in a version of English that is difficult to comprehend without a translated reading guide alongside it. Now that you don't have to worry about reading out loud in front of the rest of the class, come discuss Hamlet by William Shakespeare, here at your library. Feel free to check the SparkNotes, or any other reading guides you like, to help you through it.


A tragedy written by William Shakespeare sometime between 1599 and 1601, the play depicts Prince Hamlet of Denmark taking his revenge against his uncle, Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father in a bid for the throne.

Considered among the most powerful and influential works of world literature, Hamlet was one of Shakespeare's most popular works during his lifetime, and still ranks among his most performed, topping the performance list of the Royal Shakespeare Company and its predecessors in Stratford-upon-Avon since 1879. It has inspired many other writers in their works, including Charles Dickens and James Joyce, and has been described as "the world's most filmed story after Cinderella".



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