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Hamlet - Ann Thompson, Neil Taylor, William Shakespeare
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Ann Thompson is Professor of English Language and Literature and Head of the School of Humanities at King's College London. She has edited The Taming of the Shrew, and her other publications include Shakespeare's Chaucer, Shakespeare, Meaning and Metaphor (with John O. Thompson), and Women... show more
Ann Thompson is Professor of English Language and Literature and Head of the School of Humanities at King's College London. She has edited The Taming of the Shrew, and her other publications include Shakespeare's Chaucer, Shakespeare, Meaning and Metaphor (with John O. Thompson), and Women Reading Shakespeare, 1660-1900 (with Sasha Roberts). She has also published widely on editing Shakespeare and Shakespeare's language. She is one of the general editors of the Arden Shakespeare.Neil Taylor is Dean of Research and Dean of the Graduate School at Roehampton University. He has edited Henry IV, Part 2 and (with Brian Loughrey) Thomas Middleton: Five Plays. He has also published widely on editing Shakespeare, Shakespeare on film, and other aspects of Renaissance and modern drama. This self-contained, free-standing volume gives readers the Second Quarto text.  In his illustrated introduction to the play’s historical, cultural, and performance contexts, Neil Taylor presents a thorough survey of critical approaches to the play.  He addresses the challenges faced in reading, editing, or acting a play with the depth of content and tradition that Hamlet possesses.  He also establishes the historical and cultural context in which the play was written and explains the arguments about the merits and deficiencies of the First and Second Quarto and the First Folio.  Taylor points to the many novelists, both men and women, whose work refers to or bears commonalities with Hamlet, to suggest an ongoing to need to resolve "the continuing mystery of Hamlet" in print and on stage.  An appendix contains the additional passages found only in the 1623 text, and other appendices on the editorial process, the traditions regarding the act division at 3.4/4.1, casting, and music are also included. "A pathbreaking edition, one that promises to change irrevocably our understanding of Shakespeare's greatest play."—Professor James Shapiro, author of 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare "Hamlet's latest editors have undertaken a heroic task with great skill and thoroughness."—Stanley Wells, The Observer (UK) "Quite simply the most comprehensive edition of the play currently available, a status I suspect it will enjoy for many years to come."—The British Theatre Guide "Stunning! There is absolutely no doubt about this being the text to buy . . . for those students who will be studying the play at university. This critical edition gives the reader the Second Quarto Text (1604-1605), annotated with intelligence and care, a wealth of historical and cultural references and a survey of different critical approaches to the play."—The Use of EnglishTable of ContentsList of illustrationsGeneral editors’ prefacePrefaceINTRODUCTION 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 traditionHamlet 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 we date Hamlet in relation to other contemporary plays?        Hamlet’s first performancesThe story of Hamlet    Murder most foul    An antic disposition    ‘Sentences’, speeches and thoughtsThe 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 politicsNovel Hamlets    Hamlet meets Fielding, Goethe, Dickens and others    Hamlet and women novelists    Prequels and sequelsThe continuing mystery of HamletTHE TRAGICAL HISTORY OF HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK (The Second Quarto, 1604-5)APPENDICESAppendix 1: Folio-only passagesAppendix 2: Textual discussionAppendix 3: Editorial conventions, sample edited passages and a comparison of scenes across the three textsAppendix 4: The act division at 3.4/4.1Appendix 5: CastingAppendix 6: MusicAbbreviations and references     Abbreviations used in notes     Works by and partly by Shakespeare     Editions of Shakespeare collated     Other works citedIndex
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781904271338 (1904271332)
ASIN: 1904271332
Publisher: Arden Shakespeare
Pages no: 640
Edition language: English
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4.0 Review: Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Goodreads summary: Among Shakespeare's plays, "Hamlet" is considered by many his masterpiece. Among actors, the role of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is considered the jewel in the crown of a triumphant theatrical career. Now Kenneth Branagh plays the leading role and co-directs a brillant ensemble per...
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4.0 Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
The end scene is a WTF moment. I started reading Hamlet around Shakespeare's birthday in April. I was super into it at first then I just completely lost interest in the middle. It is a very long play. Having to force myself to finish, I am very thankful I did. Every time I read Shakespeare I am amaz...
Selan rated it
Really enjoyable play of Shakespeare. I'm glad to see his tragedies are much better now since *cough* Titus Andronicus *cough*.The only thing is that this play can get a little confusing if you don't have a wiki right next to you. In the first page I was confused as to why the characters were saying...
LunaLuss rated it
Honestly, I was never a big Shakespeare fan. I thought that he was overrated, and that he doesn’t have anything special, not more than Marlow, Goethe, and so on. I still believe that his plays are overrated; but I must admit that they are not devoid of beauty, shaped by their diction and overly dram...
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5.0 Hamlet (Cambridge School Shakespeare)
Favorite Shakespeare of those I've read, absolutely. Also, every famous quote ever apparently comes from Hamlet if you didn't know.
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