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This review is from: Hamlet (The Arden Shakespeare, Third Series) (Paperback)
In some respects I think it'd be rather presumptuous of me to attempt to review Shakespeare. Someone so well known and influential wouldn't benefit from my opinions on their work, plus there are more scholarly and concise reviews out there. But I can comment on these Arden versions. Of all the Shakespeare I've read I've always found the Arden copies to be well laid out and to have excellent commentary and notes on the text. They really add to your understanding of Shakespeares outstanding plays and introduce you to the depth in his work. They have superb paper quality and are bound well, withstanding repeated readings and intensive study. For your collection of Shakespeare you can't do much better than Arden publications, some are quite hard to get hold of but it's worth the effort.
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Initial post: 14 May 2009 09:46:12 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 May 2009 09:47:12 BDT
Mark Wilson says:
It's unfortunate that this review doesn't comment on the Arden edition of "Hamlet" specifically. Yes, the Arden texts are good, but they're not always the best (the Oxford editions of "Othello" and the Sonnets are better than the Arden ones, for example, as is the New Cambridge edition of "Troilus and Cressida"). In commenting on your review, I hope to make people aware that they shouldn't just blindly choose the Arden editions, but to take a few minutes to find out which is the most up-to-date, and which has the most substantial and well-written introduction. This information can usually gleaned by carefully going through the glut of Amazon reviews.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 May 2009 17:20:27 BDT
Spider Monkey says:
A fair comment and I agree completely. There may well be better editions out there worth tracking down, but I have always found Arden books to have excellent commentary, to be of good quality and I have bought many of Shakespeare's plays from them and have yet to be disappointed. Some searching on Amazon should turn up enough editions to choose between. Thank you for taking the time to write a comment. Regards.
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