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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 alternate Paperback edition.
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Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I really like the book, I mean what isn't there to like about Shakespeare's great works!!
Great service, the book is brand new, and the price made me love it even more... Read more
JUST LIKE NEW!!! This was my first time ordering and I cant believe the great condition of the book for such a low price.Published 24 months ago by Jennifer Ollenberger
This really is "The Tragical History of Hamlet Prince of Denmark" and not only the Prince but also his family. Not only his family but his friends. Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2010 by bernie
"Hamlet" doesn't need any introduction -- the tortured Dane, the ghost, meditations on suicide and a climax full of death. Read morePublished on May 16 2010 by E. A Solinas
Arkangel have produced a highly listenable edition of 'Richard II', which (along with the Roman plays like 'Coriolanus') contains some of Shakespeare's most powerful political... Read morePublished on March 10 2010
Can't complain about the price, but the cover illustration is wrong (wrong publisher), there are no 'notes', 'list of characters' or 'reading list' and the book is 122 pages, not... Read morePublished on July 14 2009 by Michael from Montreal