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Hamlet
     

Hamlet

by Brett Foster, Harold Bloom
 

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ISBN-10: 0791095924

ISBN-13: 9780791095928

Pub. Date: 03/28/2008

Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers

In Shakespeare's powerful drama of destiny and revenge, Hamlet, the troubled prince of Denmark, must overcome his own self-doubt and avenge the murder of his father. This invaluable new study guide to one of Shakespeare's greatest plays contains a selection of the finest criticism through the centuries on Hamlet, including commentaries by such important critics as

Overview

In Shakespeare's powerful drama of destiny and revenge, Hamlet, the troubled prince of Denmark, must overcome his own self-doubt and avenge the murder of his father. This invaluable new study guide to one of Shakespeare's greatest plays contains a selection of the finest criticism through the centuries on Hamlet, including commentaries by such important critics as Ben Jonson, Voltaire, Ivan Turgenev, Friedrich Nietzche, T. S. Eliot, Harold C. Goddard, Stephen Booth, and many others. Students will also benefit from the additional features in this volume, including an introduction by Harold Bloom, an accessible summary of the plot, an analysis of several key passages, a comprehensive list of characters, a biography of Shakespeare, essays discussing the main currents of criticism in each century since Shakespeare's time, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791095928
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Series:
Bloom's Shakespeare through the Ages Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Table of Contents


Series Introduction     ix
Volume Introduction   Harold Bloom     xi
Biography of William Shakespeare     1
Summary of Hamlet     5
Key Passages in Hamlet     19
List of Characters in Hamlet     35
Criticism Through the Ages     39
Hamlet in the Seventeenth Century     41
1605-George Chapman, and John Marston. From Eastward Ho   Ben Jonson     45
1608-Chapters 2-5 from The Hystorie of Hamblet   Francois de Belleforest     48
1619-From A Funeral Elegy on the Death of Richard Burbage$dAnonymous     66
1661-1668-From The Diary of Samuel Pepys   Samuel Pepys     67
1679-From "The Preface to the Play," in Troilus and Cressida   John Dryden     67
1698-From A Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage   Jeremy Collier     75
1699-From The Antient and Modern Stages Survey'd   James Drake     76
Hamlet in the Eighteenth Century     81
1709-From Some Account of the Life of Mr. William Shakespear   Nicholas Rowe     86
1734-"On Tragedy," from Letters Concerning the English Nation   Voltaire     88
1735-From The Prompter   WilliamPopple     92
1736-From Some Remarks on the Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark   Thomas Hanmer     98
1748-From "Discourse on Ancient and Modern Tragedy"   Voltaire     105
1749-From Tom Jones   Henry Fielding     106
1765-From "The Preface to Shakespeare" and "Notes on the Plays," in The Plays of William Shakespeare   Samuel Johnson     110
1768-From A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy   Laurence Sterne     117
1776-From "A Letter from M. Voltaire to the French Academie Containing an Appeal to That Society on the Merits of Shakespeare, Translated from the Original"   Voltaire     121
1780-From The Mirror   Henry Mackenzie     124
1795-From Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship   Johann Wolfgang von Goethe     131
Hamlet in the Nineteenth Century     137
1809-From Lectures on Dramatic Art and Literature   August Wilhelm von Schlegel     141
1811-"On the Tragedies of Shakespeare"   Charles Lamb     144
1814-"Mr. Kean's Hamlet," from Morning Chronicle   William Hazlitt     146
1817-"Hamlet," from Characters of Shakespear's Plays   William Hazlitt     150
1818-From Lectures and Notes on Shakspere and Other English Poets    Samuel Taylor Coleridge     156
1845-From "William Hazlitt"   Edgar Allan Poe     161
1860-"Hamlet and Don Quixote: The Two Eternal Human Types"   Ivan Turgenev     162
1864-From William Shakespeare   Victor Hugo     175
1868-"Shakespeare Once More"   James Russell Lowell     181
1871-From The Birth of Tragedy   Friedrich Nietzsche     192
1875-"The Elder Hamlet"   George Macdonald     200
1880-From "Hamlet," in A Study of Shakespeare   Algernon Charles Swinburne     206
1884-"Hamlet Once More"   Matthew Arnold     210
1884-From The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn   Mark Twain     211
1886-"Hamlet at the Comedie-Francaise"   Anatole France     215
1897-"Letter to Lord Alfred Douglas"   Oscar Wilde     218
Hamlet in the Twentieth Century     221
1901-"The True Hamlet"   G. K. Chesterton     226
1902-"Polonius," "Ophelia," and "Hamlet"   Walter de la Mare     228
1904-From Shakespearean Tragedy   A. C. Bradley     230
1909-"Reading Hamlet"   Anna Akhmatova     247
1919-"Hamlet and His Problems"    T. S. Eliot     248
1922-From Ulysses   James Joyce     252
1930-"The Embassy of Death: An Essay on Hamlet"   G. Wilson Knight     264
1951-"Hamlet When New," from The Sewanee Review   William Empson     277
1951-From The Meaning of Shakespeare   Harold C. Goddard     307
1957-"The Character of Hamlet's Mother," from Shakespeare Quarterly   Carolyn Heilbrun     318
1958-"Hamlet," from Doctor Zhivago   Boris Pasternak     326
1969-"On the Value of Hamlet"   Stephen Booth     327
1985-"Hamlet: Letters and Spirits," from Shakespeare and the Question of Theory   Margaret Ferguson     349
1986-"Introduction," from Hamlet (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)   Harold Bloom     366
1987-"Hamlet and the Art of Grafting," from Shakespeare's Scepticism   Graham Bradshaw     375
1990-"Introduction," from Hamlet (Major Literary Characters)   Harold Bloom     398
1995-"Introduction," from Hamlet (Bloom's Notes)   Harold Bloom     404
Hamlet in the Twenty-first Century     407
2005-From A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, 1599   James Shapiro     410
Bibliography      413
Key Editions     413
Modern Hamlet Editions     414
Hamlet Through the Ages: An Essential Bibliography     415
General Bibliography     419
Acknowledgments     427
Index     429

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