The aim in the present series is to offer a satisfactory text of each play with as full an equipment of introduction and notes as is necessary for thorough intelligibility. In the case of Hamletj the text presents a problem of exceptional difQ- culty. Each of the two main sources of the text, the second Quarto and the first Folio, contains passages not found in the other. Modem editions include both sets of passages, thus giying a form of the play considerably longer than any presented on the stage inS hispere stime. The present text is based on the second Quarto, the longer of the two early versions, and the additional passages from the first Folio are enclosed in square brackets. It is thus possible to read ihe play in what is, so far as length is concerned at least, one of the forms in which it was acted on the Jacobean stage; while all the adyantages of a complete text, compiled from both sources, are preserved. The first section of the introduction, dealing withS hakspere and the drama, is intended to give the student an idea of the place of the play in literary history.
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The "Annotated Shakespeare" series allows readers to fully understand and enjoy the rich plays of the world's greatest dramatist. One of the most frequently read and performed of all stage works, Shakespeare's "Hamlet" is unsurpassed in its complexity and richness. This fully annotated version of "Hamlet" makes the play completely accessible to readers in the 21st century. It has been carefully assembled with students, teachers and the general reader in mind. Eminent linguist and translator Burton Raffel offers help with vocabulary and usage of Elizabethan English, pronunciation, prosody and alternative readings of phrases and lines. His on-page annotations provide readers with all the tools they need to comprehend the play and begin to explore its many possible interpretations. In his introduction, Raffel offers important background on the origins and previous versions of the Hamlet story, along with an analysis of the characters of Hamlet and Ophelia. And in a concluding essay, Harold Bloom meditates on the originality of Shakespeare's achievement.Product Description:
This edition of Hamlet represents a radically new text of the best known and most widely discussed of all Shakespearean tragedies. Arguing that the text currently accepted is not, in fact, the most authoritative version of the play, this new edition turns to the First Folio of 1623--Shakespeare's "fair copy"--that has been preserved for us in the Second Quarto. Introducing fresh theatrical momentum, this revision provides, as Shakespeare intended, a better, more practical acting script.
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Book Description Penguin Classics, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140714545