Introduction by Lesley Currier, Managing Director of Marin Shakespeare Company
Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine ($25.00) avoids the customary clichés about the timelessness of the Bard. Author Simon Critchley focuses instead on the timely power of Hamlet to cast light on the intractable dilemmas of human existence.
The figure of Hamlet haunts our culture like the ghost haunts Shakespeare’s melancholy Dane. Arguably, no literary work is more familiar to us. Everyone knows at least six words from Hamlet, and most people know many more. Yet the play—Shakespeare’s longest—is more than “passing strange,” and it becomes even more complex when considered closely.