The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Shakespeare, William

Book - 2004
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Each edition includes: • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages_facing the text of the play • Scene-by-scene plot summaries • A key to famous lines and phrases • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language • An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing_a modern perspective on the play • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare_Library's vast holdings of rare books TEACHERS: Lesson plans for this play are available To receive a curriculum guide for this play, email your request to Please specify PDF or print version. Essay by Michael Neill The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit

Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, 2004, c1992
ISBN: 9780743482783
Branch Call Number: 822.33 Q3m 2004
Characteristics: liii, 342 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Alternate Title: Hamlet


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Hamlet's uncle poisoned Hamlet's father so he could claim the throne and marry Hamlet's mother- that would be enough to drive anyone crazy. Not to mention a clinging girlfriend and a persistant ghost. A timeless story written in beautiful, bold descriptive King James English.

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Mar 12, 2015
  • LPL_AdamH rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A true literary masterpiece not to be missed. The Bard's oft quoted 'Hamlet' ('To be, or not to be' should ring a bell') is made accessible to everyday readers by the inclusion of side-by-side, line-by line 'translations.' For further enjoyment, check out the BBC film adaptation (2009) starring David Tennant and Patrick Stewart.

Nov 14, 2014
  • 7Liberty7 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Three stars only for the book's format. All else is stupid and boring to me. I don't appreciate tragedies with insane characters.

Jun 04, 2014
  • theresaannalee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Hamlet is easily my favorite play written by Shakespeare, or even my favorite play of all time. When I haven't read through it in a while, this edition works as a great refresher for the sections that are a little more difficult to "decipher." It also makes it easier to read the play leisurely as if it were a story. I would recommend it both to students studying the play for class or just someone who is interested in the sad and beautiful tale of prince Hamlet.

May 25, 2014
  • omdarbandi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very cool stories for students.

Jan 28, 2013
  • LProfeta rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A very helpful text to get familiar with the story line, plus the original play right next to the translation. Very good book for its clarity, a starter at least.

Aug 01, 2011
  • KerrAvon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

To my mind, the best play ever written! It was originally a Scandanavian epic that had been around awhile, and he put his own twist on it in a highly polished manner. It is so well thought out; everything interconnects. It has it all: irony (how Claudius gets his just desserts in the end), comedy, poetry, fantastic drama (with good old-fashioned revenge as well!), mystery, philosophy (some parts are very existential: why don't we just end it all when we're tired of it all? Because we fear the unknown aspect of our death), and the constant threat of an oncoming threat. It doesn't get better than this methinks!

Jun 28, 2011
  • Dramatical_Cats rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Shakespeare has many well written plays. This is one of the best. In this book they have the modern text on one side and original on the other. I finished it very quickly considering it is his longest written play. Super exciting and lots of action. Hamlet's character is interesting and dynamic. I would recommend this for anyone who is interested in revenge, action and of course Shakespeare.

May 21, 2011
  • 8217549 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

nice series.

May 11, 2011
  • cocopuff19 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

While I am not usually a fan of Shakespeare, Hamlet managed to not only hold my attention but also intrigue me. I enjoyed the journey I took with Hamlet through his ups and downs of emotional turmoil. Hamlet has a suspenseful tone as one awaits to see the fate of all the characters in this tragedy; however, it also has some comic relief which proves to be not only thought provoking but also provide a chuckle (which, lets face it, can't be said for Shakespeare's every attempt at humor). As well, if you are not one to take everything at face value, the questions that are posed and the allegory used in the novel allow, for those of us who enjoy them, a satisfactory amount of "Ah ha!" moments. All in all Hamlet was a pretty good read despite the fact that I was forced to read it for school.

Jun 03, 2010
  • The_Bill rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Possibly Shakespeare's most enduring work, and his most interesting hero. In his wonderful creative-writing manual STORY, Robert McKee says (if I recall correctly, and I probably don't) that Hamlet has 32 dimensions in all - each one an axis of internal contradiction, a wavering across spectra of love, lust, hate, determination, insanity, indecisiveness, grief, exultation... Hamlet is a fascinating character.

According to a Shakespeare professor I followed on an internet forum, the reader best approaches HAMLET not by attempting to fix meanings onto symbols, but simply by trying to piece together the events of the narrative. Paying attention to which character thinks what and when reveals all kinds of interesting suggestions - eg. Polonius might have been in on the King's murder, and Hamlet himself might actually have been insane in some scenes. The play is full of rich details like this that exist to be winkled out.


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Nov 14, 2014
  • 7Liberty7 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Young Hamlet is a prince of Denmark. When his father's ghost tells him that King Claudius, Hamlet's uncle, killed him, Hamlet is divided as to how he will get his revenge and if he should.


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