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Hamlet

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ISBN-10: 074347712X

ISBN-13: 9780743477123

Edition: 2003

Authors: William Shakespeare, Barbara Mowat, William Shakespeare

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As attested to by countless stage and screen productions, Hamlet forever retains its fascination for audiences. It's an absorbing intellectual drama of the contemplative prince who reluctantly ventures in pursuit of revenge. Hamlet's musings on the nature and consequences of human activity have accorded him the reputation as literature's "first modern man."
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Book details

List price: $5.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 7/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.75" long x 1.00" 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,…    

List of illustrations
General editors' preface
Preface
Introduction
The challenges of Hamlet
The challenge of acting Hamlet
The challenge of editing Hamlet
The challenge to the greatness of Hamlet: Hamlet versus Lear
Hamlet in our time
The soliloquies and the modernity of Hamlet
Hamlet and Freud
Reading against the Hamlet tradition
Hamlet in Shakespeare's time
Hamlet at the turn of the century
The challenge of dating Hamlet
Was there an earlier Hamlet play?
Are there any early references to Shakespeare's play?
Can me date Hamlet in relation to other contemporary plays?
Hamlet's first performances
The story of Hamlet
Murder most foul
An antic disposition
'Sentences', speeches and thoughts
The composition of Hamlet
The quartos and the Folio
The quartos
The First Folio
The relationship of Q2 to Q1
The relationship of F to Q2
What, then, of Q1?
Editorial practice
Why a three-text edition?
Hamlet on stage and screen
Hamlet and his points
Enter the director
Hamlet and politics
Novel Hamlets
Hamlet meets Fielding, Goethe, Dickens and others
Hamlet and women novelists
Prequels and sequels
The continuing mystery of Hamlet
The Tragical History of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark The Second Quarto (1604-5)
Appendices
Folio-only passages
The nature of the texts
The early printed texts
The early quartos
The First Folio
The quartos and folios after 1623
Modern editors at work
The written text
The performed text
The printed text
The multiple text
A common position?
Our procedure as editors of Hamlet
Determining transmission
Editorial principles
Lineation and punctuation
Textual tables
Editorial conventions and sample passages
Conventions
Proper names
Act and scene numbers
Commentary
Textual notes
Sample passages
The act division at 3.4/4.1
The editorial tradition
The theatrical tradition
Our decisions for the new Arden Hamlet
Casting
Music
Abbreviations and references
Abbreviations used in notes
Works by and partly by Shakespeare
Editions of Shakespeare collated
Other works cited
Index