This revised Norton Critical Edition of one of the series' most widely read texts is based on the second quarto (1604-05).
William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, on England’s Avon River. When he was eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. The couple had three children—an older daughter Susanna and twins, Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet, Shakespeare’s only son, died in childhood. The bulk of Shakespeare’s working life was spent in the theater world of London, where he established himself professionally by the early 1590s. He enjoyed success not only as a playwright and poet, but also as an actor and shareholder in an acting company. Although some think that sometime between 1610 and 1613 Shakespeare retired from the theater and returned home to Stratford, where he died in 1616, others believe that he may have continued to work in London until close to his death.
Barbara A. Mowat is Director of Research emerita at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Consulting Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, and author of The Dramaturgy of Shakespeare’s Romances and of essays on Shakespeare’s plays and their editing.
Paul Werstine is Professor of English at the Graduate School and at King’s University College at Western University. He is a general editor of the New Variorum Shakespeare and author of Early Modern Playhouse Manuscripts and the Editing of Shakespeare and of many papers and articles on the printing and editing of Shakespeare’s plays.
List of illustrations
General editors' preface
The challenges of Hamlet
The challenge of acting Hamlet
The challenge of editing Hamlet
The challenge to the greatness of Hamlet: Hamlet versus Lear
Hamlet in our time
The soliloquies and the modernity of Hamlet
Hamlet and Freud
Reading against the Hamlet tradition
Hamlet in Shakespeare's time
Hamlet at the turn of the century
The challenge of dating Hamlet
Was there an earlier Hamlet play?
Are there any early references to Shakespeare's play?
Can me date Hamlet in relation to other contemporary plays?
Hamlet's first performances
The story of Hamlet
Murder most foul
An antic disposition
'Sentences', speeches and thoughts
The composition of Hamlet
The quartos and the Folio
The First Folio
The relationship of Q2 to Q1
The relationship of F to Q2
What, then, of Q1?
Why a three-text edition?
Hamlet on stage and screen
Hamlet and his points
Enter the director
Hamlet and politics
Hamlet meets Fielding, Goethe, Dickens and others
Hamlet and women novelists
Prequels and sequels
The continuing mystery of Hamlet
The Tragical History of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark The Second Quarto (1604-5)
The nature of the texts
The early printed texts
The early quartos
The First Folio
The quartos and folios after 1623
Modern editors at work
The written text
The performed text
The printed text
The multiple text
A common position?
Our procedure as editors of Hamlet
Lineation and punctuation
Editorial conventions and sample passages
Act and scene numbers
The act division at 3.4/4.1
The editorial tradition
The theatrical tradition
Our decisions for the new Arden Hamlet
Abbreviations and references
Abbreviations used in notes
Works by and partly by Shakespeare
Editions of Shakespeare collated
Other works cited
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