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The Very Torrent, Tempest, and Whirlwind of Your Passion: <i>Hamlet</i> in the Nineteenth Century

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/9780199599103.003.0006
The Very Torrent, Tempest, and Whirlwind of Your Passion: Hamlet in the Nineteenth Century

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The Romantic period saw a critical turning away from Hamlet in performance (for example, in the writings of William Hazlitt) to the Hamlet of Goethe and Samuel Taylor Coleridge: A philosophical young man, paralyzed into inactivity by his thoughtful meditations on the impossibility of the task of revenge. Meantime, stage performances were dominated by John Philip Kemble, Edmund Kean, and Sarah Siddons. In Victorian England of after 1837, Hamlet was often sentimentalized, with much attention to the sad fate of Ophelia. The stage was dominated by William Charles Macready, Samuel Phelps, Henry Irving, and Herbert Beerbohm Tree.

Keywords: William Hazlitt; Goethe; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; John Philip Kemble; Edmund Kean; Sarah Siddons; William Charles Macready; Samuel Phelps; Herbert Beerbohm Tree

Chapter.  12432 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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