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.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 422 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm
Hamlet...has been given a rebirth of sorts by editors Ann Thompson and Neil Taylor...puts the final pieces of the "puzzle of Hamlet" into place by publishing...updated versions of both the First Quarto and First Folio editions of the play. This wonderful ternion gives the serious students of Hamlet everything they need to delve deeply into the Dane. The textual annotations are extensive and worth the price of the book alone. None of the material is duplicated from the Hamlet: Arden Third Series, so this is all new commentary from two of the brightest minds in the world of Shakespeare... Delivers the quality you've come to expect from Arden.
Fascinating, and every Shakespeare scholar will want to posses it ... Attuned to the relativism, pluralism, and skepticism of our time...remarkable thoroughness and intelligence. Their discussion of Hamlet on stage and screen and of its offshoots in drama and fiction fills and notable gap ... An innnovative and stimulating contribution.
Prof. Thompson has done remarkable work in providing a glimpse into two variants of Shakespeare's classic play. By compiling these other, either earlier or mistakenly- printed, versions, she has provided us with crucial scholarly insights into the editing and printing processes. This book is an important supplemental volume to Thompson's other Arden Hamlet; this rare opportunity for Arden to publish other manuscripts is beneficial to those looking to delve into the above-mentioned areas of the play's conception, but also highlights the play's importance to the dramatic historical tradition.
A great addition to the Second Quarto Hamlet. Especially when discussing adaptations and directoral choices.