Lawrence Olivier as Hamlet

Publishing Perspectives’ Reading of “Hamlet” Begins Today

In What's the Buzz by Dennis Abrams

By Dennis Abrams

It’s a new year, and if one of your resolutions was to read more of the classics, what better way to start then to join.

Lawrence Olivier as Hamlet

It’s a masterpiece that rewards multiple readings (which, of course, may be what defines a masterpiece); one that can be viewed through multiple perspectives. As Jan Kott wrote, “There are many subjects in Hamlet. There is politics, force opposed to morality; there is discussion of the divergence between theory and practice, of the ultimate purpose of life; there is tragedy of love, as well as family drama; political, eschatological and metaphysical problems are considered. There is everything you want, including deep psychological analysis, a bloody story, a duel, and general slaughter. One can select at will. But one must know what one selects, and why.”

This is going to be fun. We hope you’ll join us.

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About the Author

Dennis Abrams

Dennis Abrams is a contributing editor for Publishing Perspectives, responsible for children's publishing and media. He's also the author of more than 30 YA biographies and histories for Chelsea House publishers, a restaurant critic, and a literary blogger.