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Hamlet

by William Shakespeare

Penguin Publishing Group | June 1, 1998 | Mass Market Paperbound

Hamlet is rated 4.2222 out of 5 by 9.
There is arguably no work of fiction quoted as often as William Shakespeare's Hamlet. This haunting tragedy has touched audiences for centuries. In addition to the play, this edition includes an overview of Shakespeare's life; commentary by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Carolyn Heilbrun, and others; a stage and screen history; and many other features to help the reader understand and enjoy this incomparable classic.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 368 pages, 6.88 × 4.19 × 0.56 in

Published: June 1, 1998

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451526929

ISBN - 13: 9780451526922

Found in: Shakespeare, Shakespeare

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Bad -Shipping was prompt -Book in pristine condition
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Probably my second favourite Shakespearean play. Update: I'm changing this from 4 stars to 5 because I did well on the assigned essay. ;) Just kidding. I thought someone should have told Mr. Shakespeare to cut a whole chunk out of this play. I recommend someone to rewrite this play with the ghost actually a demon. Oohhhh~ This play had some highs and some lows. Overall, a decent play.
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! By far the best piece written by Shakespeare that I have ever read. Extremely complex character that will leave you guessing and just sit back when its over and say "Wow."
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from INCREDIBLE! On the top plays of all time, Hamlet, has to be number one. Just an amazing book overall, no need for more to say.
Date published: 2011-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing By far the best Shakespeare play I've read. Tragedy, betrayal, mystery, intrigue, ambition - all of it's in here. Fantastic! -iLove Ophelia!
Date published: 2009-12-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Methinks it is like a weasel I'm going to take some hits for this (by rabid Shakespeare fans mostly), but this play, whether read in a straightforward manner, or analyzed to the hilt, is just somewhat better than mediocre. Most folks who would read this work know that Shakespeare's plays are broken down, at the top, into two groups: tragedies and comedies. Hamlet is a tragedy -- the limited humor that one finds herein is pretty darn subtle, (e.g., the comment about Englishmen all being mad). I do not criticise "Hamlet" for that actuality, in fact, I prefer the tragedies. However, the play, as plays go, is simply just so-so. I think folks get 'caught up' in the fact that this is SHAKESPEARE, and therefore, they are SUPPOSED to like it if they have an ounce of culture. For people who wish to delve into ecclectic classic works (of all genres), "Hamlet" is difficult to read (unless you're a genius, you sort of have to stumble along and concentrate on what has been said), due mostly to the archaic language. I think, to be a fan of Shakespeare, one must assidiously STUDY Shakespeare... and for those folks who just want 'to read some Shakespeare,' I think that "Julius Caesar" is a much better place to begin. The story about Hamlet is essentially a good tale, if a bit drawn out, but some of the details are what make it most interesting. Also, I like any story where madness is a facet of the discussion (I LOVED "The Brothers Karamazov," Dostoyevsky!) But to assert that this work is a wonderful read just because it's Shakespeare, is why I say: Methinks it is [just a bit] like a weasel.
Date published: 2009-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hamlet I've never been much of a Shakespeare fan, which makes me a little bias when writing this review. However, I thought the story of "Hamlet" was incredibly good and exciting, and it kept me intrigued the entire time. Unfortunately, I have always found that Shakespeare's writing, though beautiful, is very distracting and takes away from my enjoyment of the play, simply because it takes me a while to understand what is being told. That said, Hamlet is still a fantastic read, but it really requires a person with patience to fully appreciate it.
Date published: 2009-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hamlet This play is my second favourite; Even though it is difficult reading and most of the words are old English I found it to be a very deep read. The play deals with Prince Hamlet and his revenge against his uncle Claudius who has murdered his father king Hamlet seized the throne of Denmark and married his mother Queen Gertrude. It contains all of the characteristics needed for a good story such as murder, revenge, friendship, trust, life, and death. Hamlet is the longest play ever written but it is very good. This book is the essential resource for anyone who wants to understand Hamlet. The book provides good insight to a much researched topic. The book is readable and would be a good source for the students of Shakespeare. I recommend the book to anyone who is looking for an understanding and competency in this subject. I'm in college now and I've only read two Shakespeare’s- Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. Great product that I without a doubt will use in the future if needed. I have a better understanding of Hamlet today than I did when I was in school. Hamlet is universally considered to be one of Shakespeare’s best works. It’s an amazing playwright, and I hope you have the pleasure of reading this story in the future. I love Shakespeare's work and I will keep reading it and I also recommend others to read this interesting book.
Date published: 2008-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Prince of Denmark One of the most well known plays in English Literature. Hamlet is based on a ledged that has been around long before the play. Hamlet is a historical figure trying to figure out his place in life. He has a bad relationship with his mother, and treats his girlfriend with little respect. When Hamlet's father is poisoned to death. All of Shakespeare's plays are leading up to Hamlet.
Date published: 2006-08-02

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Hamlet

by William Shakespeare

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 368 pages, 6.88 × 4.19 × 0.56 in

Published: June 1, 1998

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451526929

ISBN - 13: 9780451526922

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Act 1 Scene 1 running scene 1Enter Barnardo and Francisco, two sentinels MeetingBARNARDO Who's there?FRANCISCO Nay, answer me: stand and unfold yourself.BARNARDO Long live the king!FRANCISCO Barnardo?BARNARDO He.FRANCISCO You come most carefully upon your hour.BARNARDO 'Tis now struck twelve: get thee to bed, Francisco.FRANCISCO For this relief much thanks: 'tis bitter cold,And I am sick at heart.BARNARDO Have you had quiet guard?FRANCISCO Not a mouse stirring.BARNARDO Well, goodnight.If you do meet Horatio and Marcellus,The rivals of my watch, bid them make haste.Enter Horatio and MarcellusFRANCISCO I think I hear them.- Stand! Who's there?HORATIO Friends to this ground.MARCELLUS And liegemen to the Dane.FRANCISCO Give you goodnight.MARCELLUS O, farewell, honest soldier. Who hath relieved you?FRANCISCO Barnardo has my place. Give you goodnight.Exit FranciscoMARCELLUS Holla! Barnardo!BARNARDO Say, what, is Horatio there?HORATIO A piece of him.BARNARDO Welcome, Horatio: welcome, good Marcellus.MARCELLUS What, has this thing appeared again tonight?BARNARDO I have seen nothing.MARCELLUS Horatio says 'tis but our fantasy,And will not let belief take hold of himTouching this dreaded sight twice seen of us:Therefore I have entreated him alongWith us to watch the minutes of this night,That if again this apparition come,He may approve our eyes and speak to it.HORATIO Tush, tush, 'twill not appear.BARNARDO Sit down awhile,And let us once again assail your ears,That are so fortified ag
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Table of Contents

Hamlet - William Shakespeare - Edited by Sylvan Barnet Samuel Taylor Coleridge: From The Lectures of 1811- 1812, Lecture XII
A. C. Bradley: From Shakespearean Tragedy
Maynard Mack: The World of Hamlet
Robert Ornstein: From The Moral Vision of Jacobean Tragedy

NEWLY ADDED ESSAYS:
Catherine Belsey: From The Subject of Tragedy
Carolyn Heilbrun: The Character of Hamlet?s Mother
Sylvan Barnet: ?Hamlet? on the Stage and Screen

From the Publisher

There is arguably no work of fiction quoted as often as William Shakespeare's Hamlet. This haunting tragedy has touched audiences for centuries. In addition to the play, this edition includes an overview of Shakespeare's life; commentary by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Carolyn Heilbrun, and others; a stage and screen history; and many other features to help the reader understand and enjoy this incomparable classic.

About the Author

William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare
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Editorial Reviews

Praise for William Shakespeare: Complete Works:“A feast of literary and historical information.” -The Wall Street Journal