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ISBN-10: 0321317297

ISBN-13: 9780321317292

Edition: 2nd 2005

Authors: William Shakespeare, Constance Jordan

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"As part of Longman's series of Cultural Editions, Constance Jordan presents William Shakespeare's Hamlet in several provocative and illuminating contexts - cultural, critical, and literary." "Shakespeare's famous tragedy (its text based on the most authoritative of early editions, the Folio, published in 1623) is helpfully annotated and framed within several exciting contexts: contemporary accounts of a spirit world, purgatory, revenge, and suicide, and reports of readers and critics fascinated with the character and dramatic performance of this most famous of Shakespeare's heroes. Elaborating upon the historical setting and the cultural ideas that helped shape Hamlet, Constance Jordan summons the issues and anxieties of the early sixteenth century to show why the play, and especially its hero, speaks so powerfully and so vitally to our own time. This second edition of Hamlet: A Longman Cultural Edition has been completely redesigned and the play reformatted for easier reading."--BOOK JACKET.
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Book details

List price: $23.20
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/6/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare towers over all other English writers and has few rivals in any language. His genius and creativity continue to astound scholars, and his plays continue to delight audiences. Many have served as the basis for operas, ballets, musical compositions, and films. While Jonson and other writers labored over their plays, Shakespeare seems to have had the ability to turn out work of exceptionally high caliber at an amazing speed. At the height of his career, he wrote an average of two plays a year as well as dozens of poems, songs, and possibly even verses for tombstones and heraldic shields, all while he continued to act in the plays performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. Except for the English history plays, he never wrote the same kind of play twice. He seems to have had a good deal of fun in trying his hand at every kind of play. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, all published on 1609, most of which were dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southhampton. He also wrote 13 comedies, 13 histories, 6 tragedies, and 4 tragecomedies. He died at Stratford-upon-Avon April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. His cause of death was unknown, but it is surmised that he knew he was dying.

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About Longman Cultural Editions
About the Second Edition
Table of Dates
Prince of Denmark Contexts Spiritual and Mental Life
From Meditations and Vows(1609)
From Of Ghosts and Spirits Walking by Night (1572)
From A Discourse of the Subtle Practices of Devils (1587)
From A Discovery of the Fraudulent Practices of John Darrel(1599)
From A Treatise of Melancholy(1586)
From The Anatomy of Melancholy(1628)
From A Supplication for the Beggars(1528)
From The Chief and Principal Articles of the Christian Faith(1548)
From The Institute of the Christian Religion(1536)
From The Hunting of Purgatory to Death(1561)
From The Whole Armor of God (1616)
From The Ecclesiastical History, Containing Acts and Monuments(1583)
From A Defense and Declaration of the Catholic Church's Doctrine, Touching Purgatory(1577)
From The Art of Dying Well(1622)
The Bible And Holy Scriptures, from Genesis 4, 9-15 and Romans 12, 19 (1560)
The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version, from Genesis 4, 9-15 and Romans 12, 19 (1952)
From The King's Right (1619)
From The Theater of God's Judgments (1597)
On Revenge, from Essays (1617)
On The Common Law, from William Lambarde's Eirenarcha: or Of the Offices of the Justices of Peace (1594)
Sir Thomas Smith's The Commonwealth of England (1601, and Michael Dalton's The Country Justice (1618) Suicide
A custom of the Ile of Cea, from The Essays of Michael Lord of Montaigne, trans. John Florio (1603)
From Life's Preservative against Self-Killing (1637)
From Biathanatos (1647)
From Historia Danicae, trans. Oliver Elton (1894)
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