John Sutherland

Incomplete Shakespeare: Hamlet
  • Incomplete Shakespeare: Hamlet

  • Alas poor Yorick, he looks not at all well.
    I knew him, Horatio;
    a fellow of infinite jest, though sadly finite breath.
    Though thy gibes be still, yet still thou grins.
    I seldom saw thy teeth look quite so clean

    To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, this is the fourth of a new collection of the Bard's greatest plays, digested to a few thousand words with invaluable side notes from John Sutherland. Funny and incredibly clever, these parodies are a joy for those who know their Shakespeare, perfect for the theatre goer needing a quick recap, and a massive relief for those just desperate to pass their English exam.

John Sutherland is Lord Northcliffe Professor Emeritus of Modern English Literature at University College London and previously taught at the California Institute of Technology. He writes regularly for the Guardian, The Times and the New York Times, and is the author of many books including Curiosities of Literature, Is Henry V a War Criminal? (with Cedric Watts), biographies of Walter Scott, Stephen Spender and the Victorian elephant Jumbo, and The Boy Who Loved Books, a memoir.