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Billing for Laforgue's Hamlet

Henry Reed writes: 'In the moralités légendaires of Jules Laforgue certain ancient histories are pursued to conclusions not quite contemplated in earlier treatments. In Hamlet, which is probably the best known of them, the young artist-hero does not emerge wholly unscathed by Laforgues's affectionate satire. This may offend strict Hamlet-olatry a little; but English audiences have always liked their Hamlets doctored, improved, disguised, embellished, toned up, toned down, and what not; and it seems a pity to deny them Laforgue's version, which at least has the virtues of logic, humour, and unabashed subjectivity.'

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Taken on September 28, 2012