Books: Hamlet's Aunt

Hamlet's Aunt TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT by Graham Greene. 261 pages. Viking. $5.95. It is as if Shakespeare, after the tragedies, had chosen to write not The Tempest but Charley's Aunt. After 18 novels variously described as entertainments, authentic modern tragedies or murky theological melodramas, Graham Greene has at last put himself onstage in a comic masterpiece. Greene's aunt has a bit more Melvillean whalebone in her corsetry than Charley's. She belongs among those female siblings of steel shaped by P. G. Wodehouse who all seem to be named...

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