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Hamlet [Hardcover]

William Shakespeare
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Book Description

1 Sep 2009
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.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing Ltd; Reprint edition (1 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848373686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848373686
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 22.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Undoubtedly the most famous of all of Shakespeare's plays, Hamlet remains one of the most enduring but also enigmatic pieces of western literature. The story of Hamlet, the young Prince of Denmark, his tortured relationship with his mother, and his quest to avenge his father's murder at the hand of his brother Claudius has fascinated writers and audiences ever since it was written around 1600.

For many years interest focused on both Hamlet's inability to avenge his father's death, claiming that "the native hue of resolution / Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought", and, according to none other than Freud, his oedipal fixation with his mother. However, more recently critics have turned their attention to Hamlet's bold theatrical self-reflexivity (most famously reflected in the performance of "The Mousetrap"), its fascination with issues of theology and Renaissance humanism, and its dense, complex poetic language. What is so remarkable about the play is the way in which it tends to uncannily reflect the concerns of different epochs. As a result, Hamlet has been at different moments defined as a romantic rebel, an angst-ridden existentialist, a paralysed intellectual and an ambivalent New Man. Whatever subsequent generations make of Hamlet, they are unlikely to exhaust the possibilities of this most extraordinary play. --Jerry Brotton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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- The Annotated Shakespeare General Editor: Burton Raffel --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.... but would never be published today! 23 July 2014
Format:Paperback
Brilliant.... but would never be published today!

Shakespeare's skill is to make his reader face up to awful situations, violence, macabre politics death and tragedy in a way that a modern publisher would never allow into print.

Despite the difficulty of the archaic prose, and the surreal world of medieval fiefdoms, the reader is compelled to face these situations with the principal character and forced to confront uncomfortable and disturbing issues that do not always have a "happy ending". The nearest modern equivalent might be something like Bob Berridge's "Mandy" (which only saw publication thanks to Kindle, and is similarly disturbing), but whereas the reader can more easily associate with Berridge's post war Yorkshire, Shakespeare has the task to port you into a world of petty kingdoms, royal power struggles and indeed issues of sanity itself and suicide. A task which, as the recognised master of his field he achieves with all the craft for which he is well and justifiably famed.

Don't read this book to pass an exam. Read this book because it is compelling and will make you think and challenge your comfortable beliefs. Despite its ending, a highly satisfying read!
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
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Obviously, Shakespeare's Hamlet is a masterpiece, so my review is aimed solely at the Penguin Popular Classics edition edited by GB Harrison (ISBN 0140620583). If you're looking for a cheap, pocket-sized edition of Hamlet, this is the one to go for. If you're looking for good notes, this edition is to be avoided. The notes are sometimes interesting, but often they either explain things that are very obvious, or are actually plain wrong.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best footnotes I've ever seen. 5 Dec 1998
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Format:Paperback
Very easy to follow and wonderfully simply explained textual footnotes make this a very user friendly Hamlet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You will be absorbed into the story 28 Jun 2005
By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This really is "The Tragical History of Hamlet Prince of Denmark" and not only the Prince but his family. Not only his family but his friends. Not only his friends but all though that came before him and is told to those that came after him.
You can slow down and pick apart many underlying themes and may of the phrases that now challenge Bible sayings in today's sound bites. But the real fun is in just reading the story and you will find that it is not as foreign as you may have thought.
A quick synopsis is that Old Hamlet conquered Old Fortinbras seizing his land. Now that Old Hamlet is dead, Young Fortinbras wants his land back and is willing to take it by force. Meanwhile back in Dänemark Young Hamlet who is excessively grieving for the loss of his father, gets a now insight from his fathers ghost. Looks like he was a victim of a "murder most foul"; it looks like his mother and uncle were in cahoots on the murder.
The story is about what each person felt and acted or did not act upon the situation.
You will find many movies and perverted imitations of the story but nothing will replace the original that was intended to be watched but reads well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's not the Penguin Edition 27 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I clicked on the Kindle edition and the review I read indicated it was the Penguin edition - which it isn't. I want the introduction and notes - so no use to me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It did the job! 1 May 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I needed this book for my A-level English course. I reccomend it to anyone who needs 'Hamlet' for the same reason, as its a simple and cheap book, so it doesn't matter if you scribble all your notes in it. Very pleased with it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone Should Read It 10 April 2009
Format:Paperback
I'm not going to delve into the plot, the characters, the themes, the philosophy and the atmosphere as I am no professor. It is enough to say that this is the best play, written by the greatest playwright of all time. Anyone who can read should have a go at this. More importantly go and watch a performance; it is a play after all, not a novel.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best way to read Shakespeare 6 July 2009
Format:Paperback
Having the commentary beside the text is the only way I can fully enjoy reading Shakespeare. The commentary is useful and adds a lot to the text. Some of the commentary seems to be explaining the obvious but since the book is used by schools studying Shakespeare, I can't complain. It's better than them missing out things which I'd like to have explained.
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very good listen for studying Hamlet
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Published 2 months ago by A KANE
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I thought it would be
there is nothing wrong with the quality of the book, I just don't like the story, I was expecting a bit more but just found it rather dull, I have read other Shakespeare, I loved... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Josh Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book
lovely book would recommend to any famiuly who's children love reading, it is a must for any child who lovely reading.
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exceptionally quick delivery and book in excellent condition. I would recommend this supplier without hesitation for both of these reasons.
Published 7 months ago by JD
5.0 out of 5 stars Good ebook edition (review is of Kindle Penguin Classics version)
I'd waited a while for these snappy little editions to be released on Kindle - the cover art's fun and, while we've all got a free Complete Works on our e-reader, it's much easier... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Chris Worth
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Disappointed
I really enjoyed re-reading the whole play. My point of view changed about the play. When I was younger I thought it was about revenge. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sean Crudden
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