Hamlet

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Penguin, Jun 1, 1998 - Drama - 368 pages
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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...


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Contents

Biographical Sketch
The Shakespeare Canon
Shakespeares English
Shakespeares Theater
Costumes Gestures and Silences Prose and Poetry
The Play Text as a Collaboration
Editing Texts
Shakespeare on the Stage
The Folio 1623
The Present Text
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
A C BRADLEY
MAYNARD MACK
ROBERT ORNSTEIN
CAROLYN HEILBRUN
CATHERINE BELSEY

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
ACT 1
ACT 2
ACT 3
ACT 4
ACT 5
The First Quarto Q1 1603
The Second Quarto Q2 16041605

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About the author (1998)

William Shakespeare (1564–1616) was a poet, playwright, and actor who is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers in the history of the English language. Often referred to as the Bard of Avon, Shakespeare's vast body of work includes comedic, tragic, and historical plays; poems; and 154 sonnets. His dramatic works have been translated into every major language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.


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