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This Norton Critical Edition of Hamlet features a newly edited text based on the Second Quarto (1604#xE2;#x80;#x93;05). It is accompanied by detailed explanatory annotations and appendices providing important passages from both the First Quarto Hamlet (1603) and the Folio Hamlet (1623). Robert S. Miola#xE2;#x80;#x99;s thought-provoking introduction, #xE2;#x80;#x9C;Imagining Hamlet,#xE2;#x80;#x9D; considers this tragedy as it has taken shape in the theater, in criticism, and in various cultures. #xE2;#x80;#x9C;The Actors#xE2;#x80;#x99; Gallery#xE2;#x80;#x9D; presents famous actors and actresses#xE2;#x80;#x94;among them Sarah Bernhardt, Ellen Terry, John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton, Kenneth Branagh, and Jude Law#xE2;#x80;#x94;reflecting on their roles in major productions of Hamlet for stage and screen. #xE2;#x80;#x9C;Contexts#xE2;#x80;#x9D; includes generous selections from the Bible, Greek (Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides) and Roman (Seneca) tragedies, Saxo Grammaticus, Dante, Thomas More, and Thomas Kyd. #xE2;#x80;#x9C;Criticism#xE2;#x80;#x9D; reprints a wide range of historical and scholarly commentary including English critics (John Dryden, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Samuel Johnson), European and Russian writers (Voltaire, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Leo Tolstoy), and Americans (John Quincy Adams, Edgar Allan Poe, Abraham Lincoln). Recent scholarly writing takes various approaches to Hamlet#xE2;#x80;#x94;mythic (Gilbert Murray), psychoanalytic (Ernest Jones), comparativist (Harry Levin), feminist (Elaine Showalter), and New Historicist (Stephen Greenblatt), among others. An engaging selection of Hamlet#xE2;#x80;#x99;s #xE2;#x80;#x9C;Afterlives#xE2;#x80;#x9D; includes the seventeenth-century Der Bestrafte Brudermord; David Garrick#xE2;#x80;#x99;s altered stage version; comic reflections by Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, and Tom Stoppard; and selections from Heinrich Muller#xE2;#x80;#x99;s postmodern nightmare (Hamletmachine), Jawad al Assadi#xE2;#x80;#x99;s cynical Arab adaptation (Forget Hamlet), and John Updike#xE2;#x80;#x99;s haunting novel (Gertrude and Claudius). A Selected Bibliography is also included.
Table of Contents
|List of Illustrations|
|Introduction: Imagining Hamlet|
|The Text of Hamlet|
|Passages from Quarto 1 (1603)|
|Passages from the Folio (1623)|
|The Actors' Gallery|
|Edwin Booth, 1878, 1882|
|Henry Irving, 1890|
|Sarah Bernhardt, 1924|
|Ellen Terry, 1908, 1932|
|John Gielgud, 1937, 1963|
|Richard Burton, 1954|
|Laurence Olivier, 1982, 1986|
|Kenneth Branagh, 1996|
|Michael Pennington, 1996|
|Jude Law, 2009|
|The Bible (c. 1250 BCE-57 CE)|
|Greek Tragedy (5th century BCE)|
|Aeschylus • The Libation-Bearers|
|Sophocles • Electra|
|Euripides • Electra|
|Seneca (4 BCE-65 CE)|
|Historica Danica (1180-1208)|
|Inferno (c. 1315)|
|The Supplication of Souls (1529)|
|The Spanish Tragedy (1592)|
|Preface to Troilus and Cressida (1679)|
|Some Account of the Life, &c of Mr. William Shakespeare, (1709)|
|Voltaire • Preface to Sémiramis (1748); Du Théâtre Anglais (1761)|
|Notes on Hamlet (1765)|
|Letter to Garrick (1771); On Hamlet's Character (1785)|
|Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship (1795)|
|Lecture on Hamlet (1812)|
|Letter to Hackett (1839)|
|Review of Hazlitt (1845)|
|Letter to Hackett (1863)|
|Shakespeare and the Drama (1908)|
|Hamlet and Orestes (1914)|
|A Psycho-analytic Study of Hamlet (1922)|
|The Question of Hamlet (1959)|
|Representing Ophelia: Women, Madness, and the Responsibilities of Feminist Criticism (1985)|
|Hamlet in Purgatory (2001)|
|An Annotated and Chronological Screenography: Major Hamlet Adaptations and Selected Derivatives (2002)|
|Women as Hamlet (2007)|
|Empires of World History (2007)|
|Der Bestrafte Brudermord (early 17th century)|
|[Partridge and the Ghost] (1749)|
|[The Ending of Hamlet] (1772)|
|Hamlet Travestie (1817)|
|Hamlet Travestie (1849)|
|An Old Play in a New Garb (1853)|
|[Mr. Wopsle's Hamlet] 1861|
|[Huck Finn on Hamlet] (1885)|
|Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1967)|
|Forget Hamlet (1994)|
|Gertrude and Claudius (2000)|
|Something Rotten (2004)|
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