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Hamlet, Hamlet, Hamlet

  • New Mexico History Museum 113 Lincoln Avenue Santa Fe, NM, 87501 United States (map)

There were three distinct versions of Hamlet printed in the 1600s (Bad Quarto, Good Quarto, and First Folio). When most people see Hamlet performed, they get a version that mixes these three Hamlets, making the title character seem more passive and indecisive than the Hamlet character that appears in the Folio.

This talk aimed is at people who are interested in Shakespeare and want to know more about Hamlet or the First Folio. “We can go as deep as folks want to go in Q&A or informal conversation afterwards, but the presentation itself will be a jargon-free talk meant to be accessible and interesting to a general audience.” 
Joshua Calhoun is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who specializes in Shakespeare, 16th- and 17th-century poetry, and the history of media. He also teaches occasional courses in the environmental humanities. In his teaching and research, he explores three things that he loves—and thinks everyone else should love too—Shakespeare, old books, and nature.  FREE!

To be, or not to be, I there’s the point,
To Die, to sleepe, is that all? I all:
No, to sleepe, to dreame, I mary there it goes . . .
— Hamlet in Hamlet, Quarto 1, 1603
To be, or not to be, that is the question,
Whether tis nobler in the minde to suffer
The slings and arrowes of outragious fortune,
Or to take Armes against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing, end them, to die to sleepe
No more, . . .
— Hamlet in Hamlet, Quarto 2, 1604
To be, or not to be, that is the Question:
Whether ’tis Nobler in the minde to suffer
The Slings and Arrowes of outragious Fortune,
Or to take Armes against a Sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them: to dye, to sleepe
No more; . . .
— Hamlet in Hamlet, First Folio, 1623