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John Gielgud's Hamlet Hardcover – 1 Jan 1937


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: metheun; 1st Edition. edition (1937)
  • ASIN: B0010WBH7C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire and was baptised on 26 April 1564. Thought to have been educated at the local grammar school, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he went on to have three children, at the age of eighteen, before moving to London to work in the theatre. Two erotic poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece were published in 1593 and 1594 and records of his plays begin to appear in 1594 for Richard III and the three parts of Henry VI. Shakespeare's tragic period lasted from around 1600 to 1608, during which period he wrote plays including Hamlet and Othello. The first editions of the sonnets were published in 1609 but evidence suggests that Shakespeare had been writing them for years for a private readership.

Shakespeare spent the last five years of his life in Stratford, by now a wealthy man. He died on 23 April 1616 and was buried in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. The first collected edition of his works was published in 1623.

(The portrait details: The Chandos portrait, artist and authenticity unconfirmed. NPG1, © National Portrait Gallery, London)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. M. Hunt on 19 July 2010
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A definitive portrayal by a great dramatic actor. Sir John Gielgud's very fine speaking voice adds to the enjoyment of his depiction of the complex character of Hamlet. For anyone who wants only one recording of this play, this is the one to get.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gabrielle Kent on 16 Jan 2013
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Shakespeare as he should be heard! How lovely to hear the voices of actors no longer with us, with special mention for Andrew Cruickshank and his gentle Scottish accent as Claudius,and the beautiful English voice of Hugh Burden as Laertes!
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By L Williamson on 1 Dec 2013
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Bought this as a teaching tool for my A level literature group. Good price and excellent delivery. Although the 1948 recording inevitably sounds dated, it's a good quality recording, and my students have enjoyed the interpretation of key scenes. Act III scene 1 went down well with the group, very moving.
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