Gilbert Murray, LL.D., D.Litt.
Regius Professor of Greek in the University of Oxford
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Copyright in the United States of…show more content… As for Hamlet, I note in passing the well-known fragments of evidence which indicate the existence of a Hamlet-tragedy before the publication of Shakespeare 's Second Quarto in 1604.
These are, counting backwards a phrase in Dekker 's Satiromastix, 1602, 'My name 's Hamlet: Revenge! '
1598. Gabriel Harvey 's remarks about Shakespeare 's Hamlet.
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Lodge, Wifs Miserie and the World 's Madness: 'he looks as pale as the ghost which cried so miserally at the theator like an oysterwife, Hamlet, revenge. '
1594. Henslowe 's Diary records a play called Hamlet as acted at Newington Butts Theatre on June 9.
The earliest reference seems to be in Nash 's Epistle prefixed to
Greene 's Menaphon: it is dated 1589, but was perhaps printed in
Yet English Seneca read by candle light yeeldes many good sentences, as Bloud is a beggar, and so foorth: and if you intreate him f aire in a frosty morning, he will affoord you whole
Hamlets, I should say handfulls of tragicall speeches. '
The play of Hamlet is extant in three main forms
The First Quarto, dated 1603 but perhaps printed in 1602. It is entitled ' The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet Prince of Denmark
by William Shake-speare, As
hath been at divers times acted
HAMLET AND ORESTES
by his Highnesse servants in the Cittie of London as also in the two Vniversities of Cambridge and Oxford and