Hamlet: to collaborate or not to collaborate?

David Hewson describes his collaboration with A.J. Hartley, including what seems like a natural division of “labor,” the benefits of the time difference and problem solving.

3 thoughts on “Hamlet: to collaborate or not to collaborate?

  1. What a fantastic series of blog posts these have been from David Hewson- informative and fun to read, and always open to sharing his thoughts.
    Perry, this one brought to mind you and I working on that interview post we did months ago- we certainly live on different continents and in different time zones, and there were definitely stacks of emails flying back and forth as we tried to pull it all together!

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  2. So true – we have those two windows In the “morning/night – like right now), and then at night/morning. It didn’t hurt that we both had odd hours.
    This particular post of DH’s tickles me. I liked how there seemed to be a natural order to things because of experience or particular skill, and how, the less expert ( when it comes Shakespeare) Hewson, with, perhaps a fresher eye on the subject, was able to problem solve. Fun to learn that expert/author Hartley was not a follower of the Gertrude/Hamlet Oedipal or incestuous theme. I would like to have an opportunity to read more essays, chapters, from A.J. Hartley on Shakespeare. I should have been less lazy when I had the MidManhattan Branch of the NYPL at my disposal.

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    • The two authors would be great to have at a writers’ festival, doing a joint panel, expanding on the thoughts Hewson has expressed here. About time they met up again anyway, as he mentions!

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