Gertrude and Claudius by John Updike
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Gertrude and Claudius
By John Updike

Gertrude and Claudius

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Gertrude and Claudius by John Updike

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Gertrude and Claudius are the "villains" of "Hamlet: " he the killer of Hamlet's father and usurper of the Danish throne; she his lusty consort, who marries Claudius before her late husband's body is cold. But in this imaginative "prequel" to the play, John Updike makes a case for the royal couple that Shakespeare only hinted at. Gertrude and Claudius are seen afresh against a background of fond intentions and family dysfunction, on a stage darkened by the ominous shadow of a sullen, erratic, disaffected prince. "I hoped to keep the texture light," Updike said of this novel, "to move from the mists of Scandinavian legend into the daylight atmosphere of the Globe. I sought to narrate the romance that preceded the tragedy."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780449006979
ISBN-10: 0449006972
Format: Paperback
(208mm x 141mm x 16mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Ballantine Books Inc.
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - John Updike

John Updike was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania, in 1932. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954 and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of "The New Yorker." His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Foundation Award, and the William Dean Howells Medal. In 2007 he received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Updike died in January 2009.

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