Shakespeare fans were a tizzy last month with the unveiling of what is believed to be a newly confirmed portrait of the bard. Rosey-cheeked and dressed in couture, this image of him has people speculating about his mysterious biography.
As shifting as his personal legend is, so are his plays. Things that in high school English class I thought were unchanged since being captured from Shakespeare’s quill were actually cobbled together from different versions, and no ur-tome exists. To explore this, I’ll be examining the textual evolution of “Hamlet” on Wednesday.
Here’s one article on the battle between editions of the play.