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The Mirror Up to Nature: <i>Hamlet</i> in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

David Bevington

in Murder Most Foul

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599103
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731501 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599103.003.0005
The Mirror Up to Nature: Hamlet in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

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Hamlet fared well on stage in the 17th and 18th centuries, as interpreted by William Davenant, Thomas Betterton, and David Garrick; though Garrick disastrously altered the text to put Hamlet in a favourable light. Critical comments by Ben Jonson, John Dryden, John Dennis, the Earl of Shaftesbury, Voltaire, and others stressed the creation of dramatic characters. Editions by Nicholas Rowe, Alexander Pope, Lewis Theobald, Samuel Johnson, Edward Capell, and Edmund Malone, among others, introduced scholarly method into the editing of Shakespeare's texts.

Keywords: Thomas Betterton; David Garrick; Ben Jonson; John Dryden; Nicholas Rowe; Alexander Pope; Samuel Johnson; Edward Capell; Edmund Malone

Chapter.  9955 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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