The First Quarto of Hamlet by William ShakespeareThe First Quarto of Hamlet by William Shakespeare

The First Quarto of Hamlet

byWilliam ShakespeareEditorKathleen O. Irace

Paperback | May 17, 1999

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The first printed text of Shakespeare's Hamlet is about half the length of the more familiar second quarto and Folio versions. It reorders and combines key plot elements to present its own workable alternatives. This is the only modernized critical edition of the 1603 quarto in print. Kathleen Irace explains its possible origins, special features and surprisingly rich performance history, and while describing textual differences between it and other versions, offers alternatives that actors or directors might choose for specific productions.
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Title:The First Quarto of HamletFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.35 inPublished:May 17, 1999Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521653908

ISBN - 13:9780521653909

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Note on the text; List of characters; The play; Textual notes; Appendices.

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This title from The New Cambridge Shakespeare series features the first printed version of one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, Hamlet. Kathleen O. Irace investigates its origins and unique characteristics and studies differences between this 1603 version and later revisions. The First Quarto of Hamlet is especially intriguing because of its much shorter length -- about half as long as the recognized text -- and alternative plot elements that could be adapted by the director and actors for specific performance needs.