Sunday, December 5, 2010

Ten of the best Hamlets in literature

At the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best Hamlets in literature.

One entry on the list:
Ulysses by James Joyce

In the "Scylla and Charybdis" section Stephen Dedalus opines about the Dane, hinting at Shakespeare's covert Catholicism. "Not for nothing was he a butcher's son wielding the sledded poleaxe and spitting in his palm. Nine lives are taken off for his father's one, Our Father who art in purgatory." He reckons the play was written out of Shakespeare's anger at being cuckolded.
Read about the other Hamlets on the list.

also made Mullan's lists of the ten of the best parodies, ten of the best visits to the lavatory, and ten of the best vegetables in literature. Unsurprisingly, it appears on Frank Delaney's top ten list of Irish novels and five best list of books about Ireland.

--Marshal Zeringue