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Hamlet: The Texts of 1603 and 1623 (The Arden Shakespeare Third Series) [Paperback]

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Item description for Hamlet: The Texts of 1603 and 1623 (The Arden Shakespeare Third Series) by Ann Thompson, Neil Taylor, Andrea Sorbi, Candice Hern, Mark Borgions, Glen Michael Cooper & Carol Atkinson...

Presents the "First Quarto text of 1603" and the "Folio Text of 1623". This title is useful for scholars and students of textual history, or to those studying "Hamlet". It presents the plays with annotations and the introduction contains the stage history of the "First Quarto" text.

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Ann Thompson is Professor of English Language and Literature and Head of the School of Humanities at King's College London. She has edited The Taming of the Shrew, and her other publications include Shakespeare's Chaucer, Shakespeare, Meaning and Metaphor (with John O. Thompson), and Women Reading Shakespeare, 1660-1900 (with Sasha Roberts). She has also published widely on editing Shakespeare and Shakespeare's language. She is one of the General Editors of the Arden Shakespeare.

Neil Taylor is Dean of Research and Dean of the Graduate School at Roehampton University. He has edited Henry IV, Part 2 and (with Brian Loughrey) Thomas Middleton: Five Plays. He has also published widely on editing Shakespeare, Shakespeare on film, and other aspects of Renaissance and modern drama.
This text is designed as a supplement to the Arden Hamlet and refers to the Introduction and Appendices of that volume for a full discussion of dating, sources, textual matters, afterlife, and all other topics usually covered in an Arden edition. In order to make use of this volume, the reader will need access to the Arden Hamlet (but not vice versa).

This volume gives readers the First Quarto text of 1603 and the Folio Text of 1623, modernized and edited to the usual Arden standard. As a companion to the Second Quarto volume, the Arden Hamlet, it will be of particular interest to scholars and students of textual history and comparison, or to anyone studying Hamlet at an advanced level. Both plays are edited and annotated, and the introduction contains the fullest available stage history of the First Quarto text.

The Arden Shakespeare has developed a reputation as the pre-eminent critical edition of Shakespeare for its exceptional scholarship, reflected in the thoroughness of each volume. An introduction comprehensively contextualizes the play, chronicling the history and culture that surrounded and influenced Shakespeare at the time of its writing and performance, and closely surveying critical approaches to the work. Detailed appendices address problems like dating and casting, and analyze the differing Quarto and Folio sources. A full commentary by one or more of the play's foremost contemporary scholars illuminates the text, glossing unfamiliar terms and drawing from an abundance of research and expertise to explain allusions and significant background information. Highly informative and accessible, Arden offers the fullest experience of Shakespeare available to a reader.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   368
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 15, 2007
Publisher   Arden
ISBN  1904271804  
ISBN13  9781904271802  

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More About Ann Thompson, Neil Taylor, Andrea Sorbi, Candice Hern, Mark Borgions, Glen Michael Cooper & Carol Atkinson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Thompson, a native-born European, spent her early years in northeastern France, where she dreamt of a life in the United States. She eventually graduated from UCLA and went on to serve as an officer in the United States Army in the mid-seventies.

Ann Thompson currently resides in London. Ann Thompson was born in 1947.

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An Antti Keisala Comment: Beyond The Cosmic Doors  Mar 6, 2007
This is a must-have for any of us Bardolators.

I'll reserve my thoughts on the play itself for the Second Quarto Edition of Arden, and give here some thoughts on the editions themselves. In brief. Well, to begin with, I've found the ability to read three variations of Hamlet very useful. It's fun, and it's acutely rewarding, especially if you're even slightly obsessed. The beauty of the editions is in the wealth of information; and to clarify, this edition doesn't repeat - in bulk - things already stated in the 1605 edition but concentrates on textual matters that arise from these two texts.

Firstly, I recommend buying both editions. In fact, I own several Hamlets, so I'd recommend buying pretty much what you like of Hamlet. I prefer, just for fun, to go from one edition to the other. It gives you perspective not only to the wealth of literary criticism poured from the heavens in the name of Hamlet, it also gives a healthy perspective on the seemingly infinite possibilities of editorial choice. Arden is succint and it's informative. But I'm still the most interested in the text itself, so if you're looking for an edition in which the annotation doesn't distract from the play, this is a great edition whereas the 1605 is not. That's because this edition is designed as an add-on to the stand-alone Second Quarto edition, thus liberating it from undertaking a thorough annotation. This gives an opportunity to dwell in not the contextual but textual differences, simply put a pseudo-linguist's dream come true.

These are editions that should be both acquired; what you can't get with the 1605 is the extensive research on the textual differences of the quartos/folios. And it's different to have the First Quarto/Folio passages in the appendix (as the 1605 has) to reading them fully in context, having the language and arrangement of action creating a deeper understanding the changes themselves. Whereas the 1605 edition is a treasure chest of supplements, this is constructed more pragmatically; the only qualm I have against the single edition is that if you want to read the text without annotation, which I often do, and only once in a while looking for the overbearing annotation, you can't really do it. This edition gives a chance. I am an Orthodox Shakespearean myself in that I regard Shakespeare might've authored, at least collaborated on, the much-debated Ur-Hamlet, and whether you agree or not, this gives an interesting perspective on the whole idea of how the text of Hamlet has been revised not during hundreds of years, but between the short and artistically fruitful timespan of some thirty years of Shakespeare's life.

With best regards,
Hamlet: A Fresh Look at the Danish Prince  Jan 10, 2007
The folks at Arden decided to bring forth all three versions of Shakespeare's revenge (or anti-revenge) tragedy so that those who care can study the similarities and differences between the texts for themselves. I teach many Shakespearean plays and using the "bad quarto" of 1603 in conjunction with the oft used conflated text is an eye-opener for students who get a chance to truly engage in the text when comparing, say, Hamlet's third act soliloquy of the Folio (1623) version with the often maligned 1603 version. As usual, the people at Arden do an excellent job at editing the works. This is an excellent companion piece to the recently released third edition of Hamlet by the same editors of the 1604 Quarto text. A welcome addition to any Bardolators library.

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