Hamlet (Arden Shakespeare, Second Series)

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Overview

The Arden Shakespeare is the established scholarly edition of Shakespeare's work. Justly celebrated for its authoritative scholarship and invaluable commentary, Arden guides you a richer understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's plays.

This edition of Hamlet provides, a clear and authoritative text, detailed notes and commentary on the same page as the text, a full introduction discussing the critical and historical background to the play and appendices presenting sources and relevant extracts.

Offering a wealth of helpful and incisive commentary, the Arden Shakespeare is the finest edition of Shakespeare you can find.

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Many consider the tragedy of "Hamlet" to be Shakespeare's masterpiece and one of the greatest plays of all time. It has entertained audiences for centuries and the role of Hamlet is one of the most sought after by actors. It is the story of Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark who learns of the death of his father at the hands of his uncle, Claudius. Claudius murders Hamlet's father, his own brother, to take the throne of Denmark and to marry Hamlet's widowed mother. Hamlet is sunk into a state of great despair as a result of discovering the murder of his father and the infidelity of his mother. Hamlet is torn between his great sadness and his desire for the revenge of his father's murder. "Hamlet" is a work of great complexity and as such has drawn many different critical interpretations. Hamlet has been seen as a victim of circumstance, as an impractical idealist, as the sufferer of an Oedipus complex, as an opportunist wishing to kill his Uncle not for revenge but to ascend to the throne, as the sufferer of a great melancholy, and as a man blinded by his desire for revenge. The true motivations of Hamlet are complex and enigmatic and have been debated for centuries. Read this classic tragedy and decide for yourself where Hamlet's true motivations lie and how they influence his ultimate demise.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780174434696
  • Publisher: A&C Black Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Series: Arden Shakespeare Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 574
  • Product dimensions: 4.91 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. William probably went to the King’s New School in Stratford, but he had no university education. In November 1582, at the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior, who was pregnant with their first child, Susanna. She was born on May 26, 1583. Twins, a boy, Hamnet ( who would die at age eleven), and a girl, Judith, were born in 1585. By 1592 Shakespeare had gone to London working as an actor and already known as a playwright. A rival dramatist, Robert Greene, referred to him as “an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers.” Shakespeare became a principal shareholder and playwright of the successful acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men (later under James I, called the King’s Men). In 1599 the Lord Chamberlain’s Men built and occupied the Globe Theater in Southwark near the Thames River. Here many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed by the most famous actors of his time, including Richard Burbage, Will Kempe, and Robert Armin. In addition to his 37 plays, Shakespeare had a hand in others, including Sir Thomas More and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and he wrote poems, including Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. His 154 sonnets were published, probably without his authorization, in 1609. In 1611 or 1612 he gave up his lodgings in London and devoted more and more time to retirement in Stratford, though he continued writing such plays as The Tempest and Henry VII until about 1613. He died on April 23 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. No collected edition of his plays was published during his life-time, but in 1623 two members of his acting company, John Heminges and Henry Condell, put together the great collection now called the First Folio.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2007

    A reviewer

    This review is not of Hamlet itself, but rather on this edition of Hamlet 'ISBN: 9781411400344', which was edited by Jeff Dolven and David Scott Kastan. I read a lot of heavily annotated books, and I have to say this is one of the best book designs I¿ve ever encountered. The various reference materials (footnotes and definitions for archaic words) appear in a manner that makes the text very easy to follow. The scholarship is also top-notch. The annotations give you enough information to make things clear, without insulting your intelligence, or without overburdening you with unnecessary detail. The essays are also interesting and informative. I¿ve been avoiding Shakespeare ever since high school, which was many years ago. Now that I¿m reading him again, I¿m glad I¿m in such good hands. It is making the experience a joy, rather than a chore. My compliments to the editors and the book designer. They have done a superior job of making this difficult text accessible to the modern reader. I wish my editions of Dante and Milton had similar layouts. Highly recommended.

    17 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2007

    Great Edition

    There are many editions of Hamlet available, but I have never encountered one as exemplary as this one. The footnotes and margin notes are not overwhelming, but provide the perfect amount of assistance in understanding the text. In addition, the lines are spaced out nicely, making it easy to read. In purchasing an edition of Hamlet, this is the one to choose!

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2007

    A Fundamental Work of English Literature

    Hamlet is without question one of the greatest literary works of all time, and should be read by anyone with a desire to improve his or her mind and attain a deeper understanding of literature. Philosophical, tragic, and even humorous by turns, Shakespeare's brilliantly crafted lines capture the mental torment of the title character with a skill which most writers struggle to aspire to. Personally, I didn't think much of Shakespeare until I read Hamlet, but the play about the Prince of Danes is truly at the pinnacle of his work, and of English literature as well.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2011

    Pageperfect font too small/Footnotes on separate page awkward on Nook Color

    The font size is the equivalent of the smallest size possible on a regular Nook Book. Since one can't adjust the font size on a Pageperfect Nook Book, that makes it difficult to read.

    Also, the 2-page format (footnotes on left page, text on right page) is very awkward. Footnotes should have been done with popups initiated by touching the subscript number of the footnote. Much more elegant, and might be programmatically similar to the "Article View" pop-up window function for magazines.

    Difficult words are translated in the left-hand margin of the text page itself, and line numbers are provided in the right-hand margin. Margins are too wide, which helps explain why the font has to be so small to fit everything on the line.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2007

    The Greatest Single Work of All Time

    Hamlet is bar none the single greatest work of all time. One has not lived until he has read Hamlet. It is impossible to due justice to Hamlet in a short blurb, but know that if you have not read Hamlet, you are seriously missing out, and need to reevaluate your priorities in life.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    "Hamlet," in my opinion, is the best written Shakespearean play. The questions it creates about sanity and human nature was pure brilliance. You can almost feel the chaos jump off the page and it keeps you turning the pages till the very end. This play will not disappoint you.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    Firesteel TO ALL

    My mom took my NOOK because of my grades. I'll have it back in a few days. Until then, I won't be on much because my mom doesn't let me use her NOOK all the time. Until then!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

    Great Play and Edition!

    I had read Romeo and Juliet and Othello before going into Hamlet. Though Othello and RJ were my favorites, I really did enjoy Hamlet. It's very interesting and makes you think about common issues in life such as revenge, and right and wrong. The notes make it easy to understand. Shakespeare is once again, brilliant.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2005

    Unimaginable

    The tragedy of Hamlet was a very disturbing play. Just imagine you have just received the news of your fathers death.Then when you arrive home, you find you Mother married to your dead father's brother!That is just part of the trials Hamlet must endure. He is also haunted by his dead father's ghost and his girlfriend Ophelia has stopped all contact with him out of the blue. That's just the beginning of the action packed play. Read it and see how Hamlet deals with his problems.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2004

    Hamlet

    Hamlet is a very good book. William Shakespeare out did himself when he wrote it. Hamlet finding out that his father was murdered by his uncle, made just the right type of storyline. He loved Ophelia, but had to get revenge for his father. I won't give away the ending, but I will say that this book is one of Shakespeare's best Tragedies.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2000

    Prince of Denmark

    I was forced to read this for English, but it didn't feel that way at all, it was great. The revenge, murder, drama, and sneakiness of Hamlet all add this as one of Shakespeare's great plays.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Metal

    Late at night,<br>
    All systems go!<br>
    You've come to see the show!<p>

    We do our best,<br>
    You're the rest!<br>
    You make it real, you know!<p>

    There's a feeling,<br>
    Deep inside!<br>
    That drives you fu<_>ckin' mad!<p>

    A feeling,<br>
    Of a hammerhead!<br>
    You need it oh so bad!<p>

    Adrenaline starts to flow,<br>
    You're thrashing all around!<br>
    Acting like a maniac!<p>

    Whiplash!<p>

    Bang your head,<br>
    Against the stage!<br>
    Like you never did before!<p>

    Make it ring,<br>
    Make it bleed!<br>
    Make it really sore!<p>

    In a frenzied madness,<br>
    With your leathers!<br>
    And your spikes!<p>

    Heads are bobbing,<br>
    All around!<br>
    It's hot as hell tonight!<p>

    Adrenaline starts to flow,<br>
    You're thrashing all around!<br>
    Acting like a maniac!<p>

    Whiplash!<p>

    Here on stage,<br>
    The Marshall noise!<br>
    Is peircing through your ears!<p>

    It kicks your ass,<br>
    Kicks your face!<br>
    Exploding feeling nears!<p>

    Now's the time,<br>
    To let it rip!<br>
    To let it fu<_>ckin' loose!<p>

    We're gathered here,<br>
    To maim and kill!<br>
    'Cause this is what we choose!<p>

    Adrenaline starts to flow,<br>
    You're thrashing all around!<br>
    Acting like a maniac!<p>

    [Bridge]<p>

    Here we go!<p>

    [Solo]<p>

    Whiplash!<p>

    [Solo]<p>

    The show is through,<br>
    The metal's gone!<br>
    It's time to hit the road!<p>

    Another town,<br>
    Another gig!<br>
    Again we will explode!<p>

    Hotel rooms,<br>
    And mortorways!<br>
    Life out here is raw!<p>

    We'll never stop,<br>
    We'll never quit!<br>
    'Cause we're Metallica!<p>

    Adrenaline starts to flow,<br>
    You're thrashing all around!<br>
    Acting like a maniac!<p>

    Ow! Ow!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

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    1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Awsome book!:)

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    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2010

    The Most Readable Edition of Shakespeare Yet!

    The Bard after all is the Bard. What is compelling about Burton Raffel's editing is his focus on Shakespeare as heard poetry. As he noted in his Introduction his is a "nonscholarly" edition meant for the student, the actor and the casual reader. The footnotes explain the meanings of words, rather than the nuances and historical contexts that are the domain of literature and specifically, Shakespeare scholars. This is Shakespeare as his actors and his audiences would have heard and understood him. And what a dandy ride it is!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2010

    Not Just for The people who love Plays and The Classics, You'll never know if you'll like if you don't at least try it.

    This is one of my favorates of Shakespire's writings. I originally had to read this for eleventh Grade English and write a paper on it, but I fell in love with the tragedy of it all. The Emotions you get to experience fist hand: Revenge, Dispair, Rage, insest, morral coruption, and lets not forget the all impending Madness! It's an illustrious story!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2009

    An excellent edition of Hamlet

    This review is not of Hamlet itself, but rather on this edition of Hamlet (ISBN: 9781411400344), which was edited by Jeff Dolven and David Scott Kastan. I read a lot of heavily annotated books, and I have to say this is one of the best book designs I've ever encountered. The various references materials (footnotes and definitions for archaic words) appear in a manner that makes the text very easy to follow.

    The scholarship is also top-notch. The annotations give you enough to make things clear without insulting your intelligence, or without overburdening you with unnecessary detail. The essays are also interesting and informative.

    I've been avoiding Shakespeare ever since high school, which was many years ago. Now that I'm reading him again, I'm glad I'm in such good hands. It is making the experience a joy, rather than a chore.

    My compliments to the editors and the book designer. They have done a superior job of making this difficult text accessible to the modern reader. I wish my editions of Dante and Milton had similar layouts. Highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2009

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    Logic of interpretation

    This is one of the best annotated books of Hamlet yet produced, in my opinion it is superb!

    All the pathos, intrigue and tragedy are explained in highly readable
    interpretations because of the annotations.

    In this day and age, Elizabethan English must be explained to reach a
    broader understanding.

    The essay in this book by Harold Bloom is excellent and appreciated!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    To read, or not to read?

    YES, YES, YES! Read it! It's a great story and the Barnes and Noble edition makes understanding the sixteenth century language easy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The Bard at His Best

    This is, in my personal opinion, Shakespeare's greatest play of all time. The story has so many levels: madness, death, revenge, love, age, etc. A reader/viewer/director/actor of this play has so much to consider it will keep you forever thinking even after the final curtain or final page is turned.
    I personally find the topic of death in the play particularly stimulating. Hamlet's view of the dead is so drastically different than the views of any other in the play (closely followed by Laertes', however). Without spoiling anything I can say that to Hamlet, the dead are still alive in the attitudes and memories of their survivors. This is one of the great causes of his angst towards Claudius and Gertrude at the beginning of the play, before he even knows that his father was murdered. One of my favorite scenes is in the graveyard at the beginning of Act 5 when Hamlet is considering the skull of Yorick. The contrast of Hamlet and the Clown in this scene is so vast and exemplary of Hamlet's attitude. The Clown does not even consider the dead to be human, but dirt, and to Hamlet this is an abomination.
    But I have said too much. Read it or view it (even better, both) for yourself. I hope you will see what I mean.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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