The Signet Classics edition of William Shakespeare's incomparable tragic play.
"To be, or not to be: that is the question"
There is arguably no work of fiction quoted as often as William Shakespeare's Hamlet. This haunting tragedy of a troubled Danish prince devoted to avenging his father's death has captivated audiences for centuries.
This revised Signet Classics edition includes unique features such as:
• An overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater
• A special introduction to the play by the editor, Sylvan Barnet
• Sources from which Shakespeare derived Hamlet
• Dramatic criticism from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, A. C. Bradley, Maynard Mack, and others
• A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions
• Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable text
• And more...
From the Paperback edition.
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The Folio 1623
The Present Text
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
A C BRADLEY
By indirections find directions out 2166
Enter Ghost 1139 stage direction
Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder 1525
I do not know Why yet I live to say This things to do 444344
The readiness is all 5222324
The First Quarto Q1 1603
The Second Quarto Q2 16041605
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