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Hamlet [Paperback]

William Shakespeare , Cyrus Hoy
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January 1992 0393956636 978-0393956634 2nd Revised edition
The text of this Second Edition is based on the second quarto (1604-1605), with occasional references to the folio. In order to help the reader place the play in the proper historical context, "Intellectual Backgrounds" includes important readings on melancholoy, demonology, the nature of man and death. Pre-Shakespearean accounts of the story of Hamlet are also included with extracts from Saxo Gramaticus' "Historica Danica" and Belleforest's "Histoires Tragiques". The editor has revised the "Criticism" section in order to accommodate significant interpretations published since the last edition. Among the critics represented are Samuel Johnson, Goethe, Coleridge, Hazlitt, D.H.Lawrence, T.S.Eliot, C.S.Lewis, Harry Levin, Rebecca West and William Empson.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful resource for students! Jan. 9 2000
Format:Paperback
This book is a great buy for someone who is doing an essay or project involving review or criticism of Hamlet, or for someone who would just like to know more about this wonderful play. The essays and background information are very helpful and informative.
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1.0 out of 5 stars it is vague and lacks depth and meaning Sept. 6 1999
Format:Paperback
it is worthless equal to todays soap operas
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5.0 out of 5 stars Contains Invaluable Information about Hamlet July 8 1998
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This is worth buying for the critical essays and background information alone. Most interesting is the 'true' story of AMLETH, chronicled around 1100 by Saxo Grammaticus. This piece is bona fide history, albeit with some retouching. It was written about 500 years before Shakespeare took up his pen to write his mighty play, and is very interesting to contrast with the play. Much more is contained in this Critical Edition, particularly essays by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and other famous literary figures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Contains Invaluable Information about Hamlet July 7 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is worth buying for the critical essays and background information alone. Most interesting is the 'true' story of AMLETH, chronicled around 1100 by Saxo Grammaticus. This piece is bona fide history, albeit with some retouching. It was written about 500 years before Shakespeare took up his pen to write his mighty play, and is very interesting to contrast with the play. Much more is contained in this Critical Edition, particularly essays by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and other famous literary figures.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great play, amazing edition Sept. 18 2007
By S. Yeung - Published on Amazon.com
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Essentially, this Norton Critical edition is the best out there. While the notes may need some polishing, they are sparse to preserve the ambiguity of the play. The critical essays in the back are absolutely superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hamlet (Norton) Oct. 7 2013
By Bunbury - Published on Amazon.com
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Hamlet is Hamlet. Norton editions provide interesting background information and readings that enhance the experience. I highly recommend any Norton edition of anything.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Edition of a Shakespeare Classic March 1 2013
By Miss Riki - Published on Amazon.com
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Since Shakespeare is so well known and extensively studied, I'll spare you my analysis and just give my general reactions to this classic play. Revolving around central themes of revenge, betrayal, and madness, Hamlet is dramatic and entertaining. Shakespeare does such a wonderful job of injecting small bits of wry humor into what is otherwise very heavy drama. My favorite scene comes in Act V of the play where the merry gravedigger is taunting Hamlet's finer sensibilities while going about his business with a smile and a song. The more I read and study Shakespeare, the more his works appeal to me. One last note- edition is critical in reading Shakespeare. I highly recommend the Norton Critical editions for their excellent scholarly approach and annotations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars !!!FLASH-FLOW!!! May 25 2005
By Kyle C. Foley - Published on Amazon.com
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what fire-spells lie in hamlet's mind! here is not some two-dimensional action figure whose only purpose is to enflame the audience with wonder with his sword-slash and his martial agility. here is not some cheap revenge drama where the hero eventually magno-triumphs in glory and thus satiates the spec-tators rage-lust for justice. asymmetrical! here is a man spider-entangled with enigma, here is man truly bewildered by life's perplexo. here is a man who fails to overcome his own interior twists and banish the fog that grips him in paraly-scourge. this drama causes us to ponder life's rattle of chaotica more acutely, it compels us into the prison of inquiry, baffles us and leaves perhaps wiser than before. for what intrigues we humans most is mystery, the unknown, the irresolvable and thus this scholar of wittenberg, armed with a formidible array of proofs, evidences, theories and conjectures, nevertheless, despite all his bookish wisdom, finds himself helplessly at the mercy of rage-orcs when he is challenged to confront the world's unjustice, become a man of action and right his uncle's wrongs! are we all not hamlet? do we all not shrink in the face of tyranno-blight? do we all not at some time or another complacently let injustice govern us, rule us, oppress us? do we all not occasionally become enwebbed by reality's night-shadows and cannot for the life of us rouse the tank-courage needed to banish the vipers? this is a man of emotion! this is a man who thinks! this is a man who contemplates the conundrums harrowing our sleep in constanto! he cannot help but arouse our sympathy and draw us into his sphere, cheering for him, rooting for him, praying for his eventual conquest of lechers for we all at one time or another have experienced similar ideas floating in our cosmos. and yet when he fails life's omnipresent hazard strikes us in greater prepondera thus causing us think more deeply on our existence.

kyle foley, author of Lorelei Pursued, Wrestles with God
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