ISBN : 9780199535811
Hamlet's combination of violence and introspection is unusual among Shakespeare's tragedies. It is also full of curious riddles and fascinating paradoxes, making it one of his most widely discussed plays.
Professor Hibbard's illuminating and original introduction explains the process by which variant texts were fused in the eighteenth century to create the most commonly used text of today. Drawing on both critical and theatrical history, he shows how this fusion makes Hamlet seem a much more 'problematic' play than it was when it originally appeared in the First Folio of 1623.
The Oxford Shakespeare edition presents a radically new text, based on that First Folio, which printed Shakespeare's own revision of an earlier version. The result is a 'theatrical'and highly practical edition for students and actors alike.
List of Illustrations
From Stage to Study
The First Quarto
The Second Quarto
The First Folio
Abbreviations and References
THE TRAGEDY OF HAMLET
Passages Peculiar to the Second Quarto
Altrations to Lineation
Der Bestrafte Brudermord
The Music for the Songs
Notes to Act 1, Scene 2
a dynamic, exciting, and thought-provoking work - Notes and Queries
it is bound in general to have considerable impact on our thinking about Hamlet (the text and the play) and deserves wide attention - Notes and Queries
level-headed, perspicuous treatment of the textual problems...It may be commended to students...Of the three recent Hamlets, this edition is the one I shall require students to buy. - T. H. Howard-Hill, Review English Studies