Hamlet: The Oxford Shakespeare (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 17 Apr 2008
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a dynamic, exciting, and thought-provoking work (Notes and Queries)
it is bound in general to have considerable impact on our thinking about Hamlet (the text and the play) and deserves wide attention (Notes and Queries)
level-headed, perspicuous treatment of the textual problems...It may be commended to students...Of the three recent Hamlets, this edition is the one I shall require students to buy. (T. H. Howard-Hill, Review English Studies)
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I was looking for an accessible and readable Hamlet and found this oxford edition. At 406 pages it is probably larger than most other editions available but roughly a third of it consists of a general introduction and a textual introduction. The general introduction briefly explores the sources, themes and primary characters of the play. The textual introduction explores the three most important texts: the First Quarto published in 1603, the Second Quarto dated either 1604 or 05 and the First Folio of 1623. It is the Folio copy that is used as the control text in this edition.
Every page of the play has numbered explanatory notes although some readers may find these intrusive. There are several b/w photographs of character actors and the covers of the original texts. The book itself is well made with sewn binding and the paper quality is very good. This is not the first Oxford World's Classic book I have bought and it will not be the last. The Oxford Hamlet is highly recommended.
This edition offers detailed readings, glosses and a textual introduction to help students navigate through both the play and some of the scholarship which surrounds it. Hamlet is a play which exists in different textual forms in the quartos and the First Folio, and it's helpful to have a detailed discussion of these variations accompanying the play-text itself. A very good study edition for students and general readers.
Many people are interested in dissecting underlying themes and read more into the characters actions than was probably intended. Many of phrases from Hamlet now challenge Bible for those popular quotes that no one remembers where they came from. The real fun is in just reading the story and as you find that it is not as foreign as you may have thought; you see many characters like these around you today.
A synopsis, Old Hamlet conquered Old Fortinbras seizing Fortinbras' 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 Prince Hamlet who is excessively grieving the loss of his father, the king, gets an interesting insight from his father's ghost. Looks like Old Hamlet was a victim of a "murder most foul"; it appears his mother and uncle were in cahoots on the murder. On top of that they even get married before the funeral meats are cold.
The story is about Hamlet's vacillating as to what to do about his father's murder. However he does surprise many with his persistence and insight.
You will find many great movie presentations and imitations of the story; this is an intriguing read but was really meant to be watched.
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I now prefer these editions to the Arden editions, less academic and more pragmatic from a performer perspective.Published 12 months ago by Chris Smith
This book is flawed. It is missing 20 lines in Act I scenei. I used it with my class and realized this. Read morePublished 21 months ago by P. Van Egeren
I purchased this for an online course I am undertaking at it was the recommended version. I have studied Shakespeare before and Hamlet in particular so know the content quite... Read morePublished on 15 Feb. 2014 by Karen-Fiona Sahagian