Titles from HAMLET, Act II

    HAMLET 2
Edwin Booth
Edwin Booth

Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,
And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,
I will be brief. (II,ii)
  • Christian Rushmick: Brevity Is the Soul
  • Majid Siddiqi: The Soul of Wit: Short Poems
  • Carl Hill: The Soul of Wit: Joke Theory from Grimm to Freud
  • Murray Roston: The Soul of Wit: A Study of John Donne
  • Polonius. What do you read, my lord?
    Hamlet. Words, words, words. (II,ii)

    Eugène Delacroix:
    Hamlet and Polonius
  • Herbert Spencer: Words, Words, Words
  • Mary O'Neill: Words, Words, Words
  • Elizabeth S. Helfman: Words, Words, Words
  • Eric Partridge: Words, Words, Words
  • Norman Schachter: Words, Words, Words
  • W. D. Sheeler: Words, Words, Words
  • Tracey E. Dils: Words, Words, Words
  • Marvin S. Zackerman: Words, Words, Words: An English Vocabulary Builder and Anthology
  • Babs Bell: Words, Words, Words: A Reference Book for Beginning Writers
  • Richard R. Lodwig: Words, Words, Words: Vocabularies and Dictionaries
  • Gunilla Anderson & Margaret Rogers, eds.: Words, Words, Words: The Translator and the Language Learner
  • Though this be madness, yet there is method in't. (II,ii)
  • Robert Keable: Though This Be Madness
  • Doris Miles Disney: Method in Madness
  • Zdenek Jan Vaclavik: The Method in Madness: A Unitary Neuro-Physiological Theory of Neurosis and Psychosis
  • Maurice Yacowar: The Method in the Madness: The Comic Art of Mel Brooks
  • John Kane-Berman: South Africa: The Method in the Madness
  • Hamlet. Good lads, how do ye both?
    Rosencrantz. As the indifferent children of the earth.(II,ii)

    Sarah Bernhardt
  • Louis Auchincloss: The Indifferent Children
  • Ethel Mannin: Children of the Earth
  • Annie Macfarlane: Children of the Earth
  • Freddie Langeler: Children of the Earth
  • Amy Churba: Children of the Earth
  • Sydney Sipho Sepamla:Children of the Earth
  • Catherine Wells: Children of the Earth
  • Jan Parson: Children of the Earth
  • Marc Shell: Children of the Earth: Literature, Politics, and Nationhood
  • Stephen Krensky: Children of the Earth and Sky: Five Stories about Native American Children
  • Renée S. Flood: Children of the Earth: Honoring the People
  • Pita Graham: Children of Earth and Sky: Maori Nature Traditions
  • Johan G. Andersson: Children of the Yellow Earth: Studies in Prehistoric China
  • Schim Schimmel: Dear Children of the Earth: A Letter from Home
  • Schim Schimmel: Children of the Earth... Remember
  • Buckminster Fuller: Buckminster Fuller to Children of Earth
  • Yukinobu Hoshino: 2001 Nights: Children of Earth
  • Peter W. Rose: Sons of the Gods, Children of Earth: Ideology and Literary Form in Ancient Greece
  • Why, then, 'tis none to you; for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. (II,ii)
  • Marcia Gillespie, ed.: But Thinking Makes It So: Conformity and Deviance in Social Problems
  • O God, I could be bounded in a nut shell and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams. (II,ii)
  • Nigel Balchin: Kings of Infinite Space
  • Allen Steele: A King of Infinite Space
  • Which dreams indeed are ambition, for the very substance of the ambition is merely the shadow of a dream. (II,ii)
  • Charlotte Haldane: The Shadow of a Dream
  • William Dean Howells: The Shadow of a Dream and an Imperative Duty
  • Peter A. Coclanis: The Shadow of a Dream: Economic Life and Death in the South Carolina Low Country, 1670-1920
  • And indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promintory. (II,ii)
  • Francis Tiffany: This Goodly Frame, the Earth
  • Jill M. Phillips: Sterile Promontory: The Second World War in History, Biography, Diary, Poetry, Literature and Film
  • What a piece of work is man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension, how like a god! (II,ii)

    Henry Irving
  • James Davis Ray, comp.: What a Piece of Work Is Man: Introductory Readings in Biology
  • Wesley D. Camp: What a Piece of Work Is Man!: Camp's Unfamiliar Quotations from 2000 B.C. to the Present
  • Eric Kraft: What a Piece of Work I Am (A Confabulation)
  • Will Baker: What a Piece of Work: Stories
  • Jay Woodruff, ed.: A Piece of Work: Five Writers Discuss Their Revisions
  • Lance Salway: A Nasty Piece of Work and Other Ghost Stories
  • Roger Law et alia: A Nasty Piece of Work: The Art and Graft of Spitting Image
  • Rupert Croft-Cooke: Nasty Piece of Work
  • Phyllis Bentley: Noble in Reason
  • Margaret Millar: How Like an Angel
  • A. G. MacDonnell: How Like an Angel
  • Jonas Salk: How Like an Angel: Biology and the Nature of Man
  • A. Bronson Alcott & Alice O. Howell, eds.: How Like an Angel Came I Down: Conversations with Children on the Gospels
  • Stewart Thomson: How Like a God
  • Victoria Schrager: How Like a God
  • Rex Stout: How Like a God
  • Brenda W. Clough: How Like a God
  • I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw. (II,ii)
  • Rollin DeVere: A Hawk from a Handsaw
  • Then came each actor on his ass -- (II,ii)
  • Bernard Grebanier: Then Came Each Actor
  • For the play, I remember, pleased not the million; 'twas caviare to the general. (II,ii)
  • R. Balfour Daniels: Caviar to the General
  • If the gods themselves did see her then
    When she saw Pyrrhus make malicious sport
    In mincing with his sword her husband's limbs,
    The instant burst of clamour that she made,
    Unless things mortal move them not at all,
    Would have made milch the burning eyes of heaven. (II,ii)
  • Isaac Asimov: The Gods Themselves
  • Jerry Pournelle: Burning Eye
  • Do you hear, let them be well used; for they are the abstract and brief chronicles of the time. (II,ii)
  • Alex Aronson: Brief Chronicles of the Time: Personal Recollections of My Stay in Bengal, 1937 - 1946
  • James E. Agate: Brief Chronicles
  • William Winter: Brief Chronicles
  • Brooks Atkinson: Brief Chronicles
  • Martin Esslin: Brief Chronicles: Essays on Modern Theater
  • Follow him, friends; we'll hear a play tomorrow. (II,ii)
  • John Courtenay Trewin: We'll Hear a Play
  • Is it not monstrous that this player here,
    But in a fiction, in a dream of passion,
    Could force his soul to his own conceit... (II,ii)
  • Lee Strasberg: A Dream of Passion: The Development of the Method
  • For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak
    With most miraculous organ. (II,ii)
  • Joan Smith: Murder Will Speak
  • Benjamin Bennett: Murder Will Speak
  • Alfred Walter Stuart: Murder Will Speak
  • George Bellairs: Murder Will Speak...
  • What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba,
    That he should weep for her? What would he do,
    Had he the motive and the cue for passion
    That I have? (II,ii)
  • Elmer Rice: Cue for Passion
  • William Neubauer: Cue for Passion
  • Edward Chodorov: Cue for Passion
  • The play's the thing
    Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king. (II,ii)

    Cross-cut of the Globe
  • Ferenc Molnar: The Play's the Thing
  • Jack Blacklock: The Play's the Thing
  • Lawrence Langner: The Play's the Thing
  • Howard Ralston: The Play's the Thing
  • Herbert Allen: The Play's the Thing
  • Peter Siebel: The Play's the Thing
  • Brian N. Rose: Play's the Thing
  • Philip V. R. Tilney: The Play's the Thing
  • John Knox Forte: The Play's the Thing
  • Peter Pitt: The Play's the Thing
  • Anon. Comp.: The Play's the Thing: Four Original Television Dramas
  • Mary Davis: The Play's the Thing: A Manual of Drill Games
  • Fred B. Millet: Play's the Thing: An Anthology of Dramatic Types
  • Joseph E. Mersand: The Play's the Thing: Enjoying the Plays of Today
  • Lilian Holmes Strack: The Play's the Thing: A Contest Selection
  • Marvin A. Carlson & Yvonne Shaver: The Play's the Thing: An Introduction to Theatre
  • Marina Jenkyns: The Play's the Thing: Exploring Text in Drama and Therapy
  • Elizabeth Jones: The Play's the Thing: Teachers' Roles in Children's Play
  • Francis Lewis Gould: The Play's the Thing: Suggestions Regarding the Play of Cards in Contract Bridge
  • Alfred Duggan: The Conscience of the King
  • Jane Barry: The Conscience of the King
  • Archibald Clavering Gunter: The Conscience of a King
  • Bertram Joseph: Conscience and the King

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    Last updated 1 October 2001.