Born in County Cork and raised primarily in Limerick, Ireland, Fitz-James O'Brien moved to New York City in 1852.
O'Brien devotes the column to the discussion of the role of Hamlet. This discussion is prompted by Barry Sullivan's appearance in this role at Burton's. O'Brien engages in a lengthy character study of Hamlet and claims that Hamlet would have been a Bohemian if he hadn't been a prince. After examining some scenes and briefly discussing pre-Raphaelitism, O'Brien claims that Sullivan is "not Hamlet on the stage" and laments that he does not have more space to critique his performance.
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