- Paperback: 150 pages
- Publisher: Plume (March 31, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014312854X
- ISBN-13: 978-0143128540
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
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Hamlet: The Pelican Shakespeare Paperback – 31 March 2016
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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 died on April 23, 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford.A. R. Braunmuller is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has written critical volumes on George Peele and George Chapman and has edited plays in both the Oxford (King John) and Cambridge (Macbeth) series of Shakespeare editions. He is also general editor of The New Cambridge Shakespeare. Stephen Orgel is the Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of the Humanities at Stanford University and general editor of the Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture. His books include Imagining Shakespeare, The Authentic Shakespeare, Impersonations: The Performance of Gender in Shakespeare's England and The Illusion of Power.
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The spectrum of interpretations available in Hamlet is so vast that I believe this book to be inexhaustible and one I should revisit again. If you already read Hamlet you can pardon my enthusiasm, if you haven't read it yet I'd hope you can discover this fantastic book as well.
I would recommend this rendition to people who know the play already, though. The voices are sometimes difficult to tell apart. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are cast as women, and so it in some scenes it is possible to confuse them with Ophelia. (I did, anyway.) That is my only complaint. The cast were all wonderful. I wish Polonius had lived a bit longer - I laughed out loud at this rendition.
reads "I think it be think indeed..."
should read, "I think it be thine indeed..."
reads "this skull has lien you i' th' earth..."
should read "this skull has lain in the earth..."
reads "Yet here she is allow'd her virgin crants..."
should read "Yet here she is allowed her virgin rites..."
There are many other examples. It seems as though this was copied via computer, and never proof-read.
If you want an accurate copy of Hamlet, this Collins Classic paperback is not for you.