When does the OED3 think "Hamlet" was written?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Apr 25 14:04:51 UTC 2014

I withdraw any implication of error in the OED3.  It does, however,
seem I'm sort-of right in my supposition about Shakespeare -- he, or
someone else, took a year to write, or to publish, something
considerably different for the ending of Act V, Scene II.  (This is
written from complete ignorance of the history of the various early
editions ... as was evident from my original question.)


At 4/25/2014 06:40 AM, Shapiro, Fred wrote:
>OED datings are based on dates of publication.  The OED is to be
>commended for taking the care to distinguish between the different
>dates of publication and different content of the First Quarto and
>Second Quarto of Hamlet.
>Fred Shapiro
>From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of
>Joel S. Berson [Berson at ATT.NET]
>Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2014 11:17 PM
>Subject: When does the OED3 think "Hamlet" was written?
>Under "Polack, n. and adj.", updated September 2006, there are two
>quotations from "Hamlet":
>1603   Shakespeare Hamlet II. ii. 63   His nephews leuies..a
>preparation gainst the Polacke.  (Under A. n. 1.)
>1604   Shakespeare Hamlet V. ii. 330   You from the Pollack warres,
>and you from England Are heere arriued.   (Under B. adj.)
>Did it take Shakespeare a year to write Acts III, IV, and V, after he
>published Acts I and II?
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