Hamlet The Texts of 1603 and 1623

ISBN-10: 1904271804

ISBN-13: 9781904271802

Edition: 3rd 2007 (Revised)

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This volume gives readers the First Quarto text of 1603 and the Folio Text of 1623, modernised and edited to the usual Arden standard. As a companion to the Second Quarto volume, it will be of particular interest to scholars and students of textual history, or to anyone studying Hamlet at an advanced level. Both plays are edited and annotated and the introduction contains the fullest available stage history of the First Quarto text.
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Book details

List price: $22.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 1/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
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.

The General Editors of The Arden Shakespeare Third Series are: Richard Proudfoot, Emeritus Professor, King's College London Ann Thompson, King's College London David Scott Kastan, Yale University H.R. Woudhuysen, University College, London Associate General Editor George Walton Williams, Emeritus Professor, Duke University

List of illustrations
General editors' preface
Introduction
The relationship of this volume to the Arden: Hamlet
Policy on commentary notes, textual notes and references
Retention of F readings
Retention of Q1 readings
Policy on Q1 metre and lineation
Policy on punctuation
Summary of our position on the three texts
Stage history of the First Quarto
Checklist of Q1 productions
The Tragical History of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: The First Quarto (1603)
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: The First Folio (1623)
Abbreviations and references
Index
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