Sunday, December 05, 2010

Ten of the best Hamlets

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

One entry on the list:
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Pip and Herbert Pocket watch the absurd Mr Wopsle play "that undecided prince" in a production heckled by a rowdy London audience. "On the question whether 'twas nobler in the mind to suffer, some roared yes, and some no, and some inclining to both opinions said 'Toss up for it' and quite a Debating Society arose."
Read about another Hamlet on the list.

Great Expectations also made Tony Parsons' list of the top ten troubled males in fiction, John Mullan's list of ten of the best card games in literature and ten best list of fights in fiction, David Nicholls' top ten list of literary tear jerkers, and numbers among Kurt Anderson's five most essential books. It is #1 on Melissa Katsoulis' list of "twenty-five films that made it from the book shelf to the box office with credibility intact."

--Marshal Zeringue