Hamlet: A Longman Cultural Edition / Edition 1by Constance Jordan
Pub. Date: 12/12/2003
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
This edition represents Shakespeare's text as it appears in the most authoritative of early editions, the Folio, published in 1623, and it supplies readers with useful footnotes to the interpretation of the text. It also includes brief samples of works by Shakespeare's contemporaries in a section entitled "Contexts"; these will help readers to understand the historical setting and the cultural ideas that helped shape the meaning of Shakespeare's play. By listening to these voices from the past, readers can approach the play with some knowledge of why Hamlet asks the questions he does and of why the character himself, the creation of a distant century, also seems so much a part of our own world.
Table of ContentsList of Illustrations.
About Longman Cultural Editions.
About This Edition.
Table of Dates.
Saxo Grammaticus, “The Story of Amleth” in Historiae Danicae, translated by Oliver Elton, 1894.
Robert Burton, excerpts from
Cardinal William Allen, A Defense and Declaration of the Catholikechurch's Doctrine Touching Purgatory.
John Veron, The History of Purgatory to Death.
Francis Bacon, “Of Revenge,” “Of Delayes,” “Of Suspicion,” in Essays.
Richard Hooker, “The Benefit of Keeping the Law Which Reason Teacheth,” in The Lawes of Eccesiastical Polity.
Michel de Montaigne, “Of Prayers and Orisons,” in Essays, translated by Florio.
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