Gertrude and Claudius

Gertrude and Claudius

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John Updikes tells the story of Claudius and Gertrude, King and Queen of Denmark, before the action of Shakespeare's Hamlet begins. Updike brings to life Gertrude's girlhood as the daughter of King Rorik, her arranged marriage to the man who becomes King Hamlet, and her middle-aged affair with her husband's younger brother, a dark-eyed dreamer with a taste for foreign adventure. For decades he has sought to quell his love for Gertrude, and at last returns to an Elsinore whose prince is generally elsewhere. Gertrude and Claudius are seen afresh against a background of fond intentions and familial dysfunction, on a stage darkened by the ominous shadow of a sullen, disaffected prince.
Publisher: London : Hamish Hamilton, 2000.
ISBN: 9780241140970
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 212 p. ;,23 cm.


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DJK May 22, 2012

Gertrude before events in Hamlet

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