Shakespeare, Virgil and the First Hamlet

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Abstract

Of the fifteen verbal links Wiggins associates with Q1 Hamlet in his catalogue of British Drama, the inclusion of Dido, Queen of Carthage is potentially the most problematic in terms of establishing a 1588–1589 date for the play. This article re-examines the editorial and critical history of the most commonly cited overlap between these two plays – the entirety of ‘Aeneas's tale to Dido’ – and it provides new evidence that challenges their continued association.

Contributor Notes

John V. Nance is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Florida State University and an Associate Editor for The New Oxford Shakespeare: Complete Alternative Versions (forthcoming).

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