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Is there a "tragic knowledge" that Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth acquire as their stories close? David Bromwich discusses the final scenes of some of Shakespeare's tragedies, and the possible relations between dramatic recognition, self-knowledge, and self-deception. David Bromwich is Sterling Professor of English at Yale University, and the author of notable books on Wordsworth, Hazlitt, and modern poetry. His reviews and essays have appeared in Dissent, The New Republic, The Nation, and The New York Review of Books.

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