(Seth Sherwood’s article appeared in he New York Times, 7/30; via Pam Green.)

One afternoon last fall, I walked along the North Sea coast in search of a ghost.

Admittedly, the bucolic spot felt incongruously cheerful for a paranormal encounter. A low sun splayed its rays over the blue water and the majestic red brick walls of the Renaissance castle next to me. Couples with ice cream strolled around the embankment and sea gulls floated above.

No phantoms materialized. I was probably several centuries too late.

For it was there, along the ramparts of Kronborg Castle, that Hamlet, prince of Denmark, encountered the ghost of his murdered father, setting in motion the revenge story that propels what is perhaps the most famous literary work in the English language.


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