Bevington, David, ed. Hamlet: Twentieth Century Interpretations. New York: Prentice-Hall, 1960. An
excellent anthology of excerpts from most of the major modern commentators on the play.
Bradley, A. C. Shakespearean Tragedy. New York: Macmillan, 1955. The first description of the
Bullough, Geoffrey. Narrative and Dramatic Sources of Shakespeare, vol. 7. New York: Columbia
University Press, 1973. Contains translations of the story of "Amleth" from both Saxo
Grammaticus and Francois de Belleforest, plus many excerpts from Elizabethan works. Also gives
possible sources for various parts of Hamlet.
Granville-Barker, Harley. Prefaces to Shakespeare, vol. 1. Princeton: Princeton University Press,
1946. A detailed analysis by an important stage director and theorist.
Grebanier, Bernard. The Heart of Hamlet. New York: T. Y. Crowell, 1960. A "healthy"
interpretation of Hamlet.
Jones, Ernest. Hamlet and Oedipus. New York: Anchor Books, 1949. The influential Freudian
Levin, Harry. The Question of Hamlet. New York: Oxford University Press, 1959. An excellent
analysis of the play's structure and modes of diction.
Nagler, Alois M. Shakespeare's Stage. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1981. The standard work
on the physical space of the theaters in which Shakespeare performed.
Salgado, Gamini, ed. Eyewitnesses to Shakespeare. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1975. An
anthology of excerpts from reviews and comments on performances of Shakespeare's plays in England
Schoenbaum, S. Shakespeare: The Globe and the World. New York: Oxford University Press, 1979.
A lavishly illustrated summary of Shakespeare's life and times, particularly good on the historical
Shattuck, Charles H. Shakespeare on the American Stage. Washington, D.C.: Folger Shakespeare
Library, 1978. History of Shakespearean acting in America up to the late nineteenth century, with
detailed descriptions of about twenty Hamlets, including Edwin Booth.
Thomson, Peter. Shakespeare's Theatre. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1983. An excellent
work on the Globe Theatre, summarizing available information on audience, costumes, acting style,
atmosphere, company management, etc.
Tillyard, E. M. W. The Elizabethan World Picture. New York: Random House, 1959. Essays on the
politics, philosophy, and social structure of Shakespeare's time.
Wilson, J. Dover. What Happens in Hamlet. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1935. A
detailed summary, full of insight on many specific points.
AUTHOR'S OTHER WORKS
Shakespeare wrote 37 plays (38 if you include The Two Noble Kinsmen) over a 20-year period, from
about 1590 to 1610. It's difficult to determine the exact dates when many were written, but scholars have
made the following intelligent guesses about his plays and poems:
1588-93 The Comedy of Errors
1588-94 Love's Labor's Lost
1590-91 2 Henry VI
1590-91 3 Henry VI
1591-92 1 Henry VI
1592-93 Richard III
1592-94 Titus Andronicus
1593-94 The Taming of the Shrew
1593-95 The Two Gentlemen of Verona
1594-96 Romeo and Juliet
1595 Richard II
1594-96 A Midsummer Night's Dream
1596-97 King John
1596-97 The Merchant of Venice
1597 1 Henry IV
1597-98 2 Henry IV
1598-1600 Much Ado About Nothing
1598-99 Henry V
1599 Julius Caesar
1599-1600 As You Like It
1599-1600 Twelfth Night
1597-1601 The Merry Wives of Windsor
1601-02 Troilus and Cressida
1602-04 All's Well That Ends Well
1604 Measure for Measure
1605-06 King Lear
1606-07 Antony and Cleopatra
1605-08 Timon of Athens
1610-11 The Winter's Tale
1611-12 The Tempest
1612-13 Henry VIII
1592 Venus and Adonis
1593-94 The Rape of Lucrece
1600-01 The Phoenix and the Turtle
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