Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Paperback New Cambridge Shakespeare

By (author) William Shakespeare, Edited by Philip Edwards, Contributions by Robert Hapgood, Series edited by Professor Brian Gibbons, Series edited by A. R. Braunmuller

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  • Format: Paperback | 269 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 18mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521532523
  • ISBN 13: 9780521532525
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 11 b/w illus.
  • Sales rank: 21,891

Product description

Philip Edwards aims to bring the reader, playgoer and director of Hamlet into the closest possible contact with Shakespeare's most famous and most perplexing play. In his Introduction Edwards considers the possibility that Shakespeare made important alterations to Hamlet as it neared production, creating differences between the two early texts, quarto and folio. Edwards concentrates on essentials, dealing succinctly with the huge volume of commentary and controversy which the play has provoked and offering a way forward which enables us once again to recognise its full tragic energy. For this updated edition, Robert Hapgood has added a section on prevailing critical and performance approaches to the play. He discusses film and stage performances, actors of the Hamlet role as well as directors of the play; his account of scholarship stresses the role of remembering and forgetting in the play, and the impact of feminist and performance studies.

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'The introduction and commentary reveal an author with a lively awareness of the importance of perceiving the play as a theatrical document, one which comes to life, which is completed only in performance.' The Review of English Studies

Editorial reviews

Philip Edwards deals succinctly with the exhaustive commentary and controversy which Hamlet has...

Table of contents

Introduction, with new section on recent stage and critical interpretations by Robert Hapgood; Note on the text; List of characters; The play; Reading list.