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Hamlet Overview

Hamlet Overview

  • Category: Tragedy
  • Period written: 1600-1601
  • First known performance: Unknown
  • Number of lines: 4024
  • Number of scenes: 20
  • Total Characters: 33
  • Prose/Verse: 28% / 72%
  • Folios: Folio 1 (1632), Folio 2 (1632), Folio 3 (1663-4), Folio 4 (1685)
  • Quartos: Quarto 1 ("bad quarto") (1603), Quarto 2 (1604-5), Quarto 3 (1611), Quarto 4 (1622), Quarto 5 (1637)
  • Possible Sources: The St. Alban’s Chronicle (Thomas Walsingham, 1376-1420), Actual events- The murderer of Francesco Maria I, Duke of Urbino (N/A, 1538), Eulogies of Men Famous for Warlike Virtue (Paolo Giovio, 1575), Seneca, His Tenne Tragedies (Thomas Newton, 1581), The Conflict of Conscience (Nathaniel Woods, 1581), Henrici Scotorum Regis Manes (John Gordon, 1587), Tarltons Newes out of Purgatorie (Anonymous, 1590), The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia (Sir Philip Stanley, 1590), The Tragedie of Dido Queene of Carthage (Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Nashe, 1594), A Warning for Faire Women (Anonymous, 1599), Historiae Danicae (Saxo Grammaticus, c. 1599), The Romane Historie (Titus Livius, 1600), The Hystorie of Hamblet (Anonymous, 1608), Fratricide Punished (Der Bestrafte Brudermord) (Howard Furness, 1710)

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