Hamlet(Longman Cultural Edition Series) / Edition 2

Hamlet(Longman Cultural Edition Series) / Edition 2

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by William Shakespeare, Constance Jordan

ISBN-10: 0321317297

ISBN-13: 9780321317292

Pub. Date: 12/06/2004

Publisher: Longman

From Longman's new Cultural Edition series, Hamlet, edited by Constance Jordan, includes the play and contextual materials from the era of Shakespeare.

This edition represents Shakespeare's text as it appears in the most authoritative of early editions, the Folio, published in 1623, and it supplies students

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From Longman's new Cultural Edition series, Hamlet, edited by Constance Jordan, includes the play and contextual materials from the era of Shakespeare.

This edition represents Shakespeare's text as it appears in the most authoritative of early editions, the Folio, published in 1623, and it supplies students 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; which will help students understand the historical setting and cultural ideas that helped shape the meaning of Shakespeare's play. By listening to these voices from the past, students 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.

The Longman Cultural Edition series is composed of teaching texts edited by prominent scholars. In addition to the recently published Cultural Editions Frankenstein, Pride and Prejudice, and Othello, titles in the series for this year include Dickens' Hard Times, Beowulf, and Oscar Wilde'sThe Picture of Dorian Gray.

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Longman Cultural Editions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

About Longman Cultural Editions.

About the Second Edition.


Table of Dates.

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.


Spiritual and Mental Life.

JOSEPH HALL, from Meditations and Vows (1609).

LUDWIG LAVATER, from Of Ghosts and Spirits Walking by Night (1572).

GEORGE GIFFORD, from A Discourse of the Subtle Practices of Devils (1587).

SAMUEL HARSNETT, from A Discovery of the Fraudulent Practices of John Darrel (1599).

TIMOTHY BRIGHT, from A Treatise of Melancholy (1586).

ROBERT BURTON, from The Anatomy of Melancholy (1628).


SIMON FISH, from A Supplication for the Beggars (1528).

MARTIN LUTHER, from The Chief and Principal Articles of the Christian Faith (1548).

JOHN CALVIN, from The Institute of the Christian Religion (1536).

JOHN VÉRON, from The Hunting of Purgatory to Death (1561).

WILLIAM GOUGE, from The Whole Armor of God (1616).

JOHN FOXE, from The Ecclesiastical History, Containing Acts and Monuments (1583).

CARDINAL WILLIAM ALLEN, from A Defense and Declaration of the Catholic Church’s Doctrine, Touching Purgatory (1577).

ROBERT BELLARMINE, from The Art of Dying Well (1622).


THE BIBLE AND HOLY SCRIPTURES, from Genesis 4, 9-15 and Romans 12, 19 (1560).

THE HOLY BIBLE: REVISED STANDARD VERSION, from Genesis 4, 9-15 and Romans 12, 19 (1952).

WILLIAM DICKINSON, from The King’s Right (1619).

THOMAS BEARD, from The Theater of God’s Judgments (1597).

FRANCIS BACON, On Revenge, from Essays (1617).

ON THE COMMON LAW: from William Lambarde’s Eirenarcha: or Of the Offices of the Justices of Peace (1594), Sir Thomas Smith’s The Commonwealth of England (1601, and Michael Dalton’s The Country Justice (1618).


MICHEL de MONTAIGNE, A custom of the Ile of Cea, from The Essays of Michael Lord of Montaigne, trans. John Florio (1603).

JOHN SYM, from Life’s Preservative against Self-Killing (1637).

JOHN DONNE, from Biathanatos (1647).


SAXO GRAMMATICUS, from Historia Danicae, trans. Oliver Elton (1894).

Further Reading.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ARE YOU KIDDING ME???!!!! like all books that have no cover art (somewhat proving that the aurhor or, in this case the person who made this available had not the time or intrest to make a cover), the bok is SPAM. A few pages aftwr the book starts, all i see is: And he spoke unto her ^^`@ the ";? eight law *++ Makes NO SENSE whatsoever. DO NOT PURCHASE. WASTE OF TIME.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were so many errors in this book that it was just impossible to read and be able to fully understand the text. Would not reccomend this version.
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Poorly scanned and impossible to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know if its my Nook Tablet or something but nothing shows up! Just a bunch of blank pages!
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Confusing script
ballet-shoes More than 1 year ago
This is truly one of the BEST books i have ever read. This was my first time reading a book by Shakespeare and i was certainty not disappointed. This is a very dramatic and eventful tragedy about the prince of Denmark. Although the language is sort of difficult to understand this version provides excellent notes that made me understand completely what it was about. I loved this book so much i read it in one day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think it was a wonderful play (I haven't read the book, I saw the play) and I would like you to know that also McBeth was a great play.
Guest More than 1 year ago
HAMLET is one of Shakespeare's most bitter and powerful plays of all time. It combines deceit, promiscuity, murder, revenge, and conquest into one mesmerizing, compelling, and marvelous story. Entertaining, brilliant, clever, and absolutley spectacular.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that this is the most amazing story i have ever read. There is nothing like it in the world! I read this when i was in 9th grade I am know in 10th and i still cannot believe that someone could create such an amazing story. it is cunning. everything that Hamlet utters is pure poetry and beatiful he makes everything sound so magnifcient. I would suggest that anyone who likes this book see Kenneth Branagh in Hamlet. (1996 version) It is the best version of Hamlet i have seen (i have seen alot) no one else can play hamlet like him!
Guest More than 1 year ago
To say that there is much ado about nothing would be to miss one of Shakespeare's finest hours. Hamlet is by far the best piece of work I have read by Shakespeare and that is because it contains all the elements of a spellbinding, mysterious, edge of your seat tale. If you were looking for a work that contained lust, sex, greed, politics, murder and espionage all in one convenient package, this is it. Hamlet comes across as a man who is insane, or is he really just stressed by the weight of his position. I say you open this book and answer that question yourself, a fascinating tale that transends the barriers of time and place and smacks of modern life.
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if you find murder, love, betrayl, friendships, sex, greed, hate, revenge, war, honesty, ghosts, hope, spirit, teen angst, family, history, speech, truth, spies, morals, or sports remotely intersting, you will love 'hamlet'. it is poetry, it is shakespeare, it is the best piece of literature ever written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am studing Shakespeare at my school. And were focusing on Hamlet at the momment. And I find the play very interesting. Personally my favorite charactor is Ophilia, because beleive it or not, she accually has a lot going on, not to mention all at once, and they are all major in her life. First everything is peachy,fine and dandy. Then Hamlet (accidently) kills Poloinus thinking its Cladious. Then later her boyfriend(Hamlet)'Goes Crazy'. And much much more. Then she decide to end her life. And she does.
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Hamlet is one of best tradegies that has been writen by Shakespeare. I never cared for his writing till I read Hamlet, then I was sold. Hamlets' words were just on fire all the time. There is nothing that he can not make sence of. And what a way to understand the human race! 'What a piece of work is man...' Hamlet proves Shakespears ability to look into the human mind, and find the dignity that unites us all.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the first volume great although not always easy to follow but it is still great and I plan to read the second
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Even after purchasing this title and receiving an email confirmation of the purchase, I am still only able to access the sample.
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