Hamlet

by William Shakespeare


The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet, is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare sometime between 1599 and 1601. It is Shakespeare's longest play, with 29,551 words. Set in Denmark, the play depicts Prince Hamlet and his revenge against his uncle, Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father in order to seize his throne and marry Hamlet's mother. 
Hamlet is considered among the "most powerful and influential tragedies in the English language", with a story capable of "seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others". 
The story of Shakespeare's Hamlet was derived from the legend of Amleth, preserved by 13th-century chronicler Saxo Grammaticus in his Gesta Danorum, as subsequently retold by the 16th-century scholar François de Belleforest. Though it is unlikely that Shakespeare read Saxo, it may be possible that he encountered the French language retelling of Belleforest.
Excerpted from Hamlet on Wikipedia.

person AuthorWilliam Shakespeare
language CountryEngland
api GenreTragedy, Drama
copyright CopyrightPublic domain worldwide.
camera_alt Book coverJohn Barrymore as William Shakespeare's Hamlet, in 1922.
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