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on August 4, 2010
The Oxford Shakespeare editions are in my opinion the best for scholarly work. They all include introductory matter intended to catch the reader up with current Shakespearian research. This Hamlet edition is edited by G. R. Hibbard. It includes a general introduction that outlines the great tragedy's sources and history, including a lot of material concerning its early and contemporary production history. The text is taken from the Folio edition, but the volume also contains a textual introduction that explains the differences between the various Quarto editions and the Folio. In the text itself there are even notes to point out these differences. The footnotes do a great job of translating Shakespeare's English into more contemporary renderings. Even those new to Shakespearean English should have little trouble making their way through the text. The appendices outline even more distinctions between the various historical sources, sheet music for the songs in the play, and even material concerning the alterations made to the play's lineation. Once again, this edition was clearly designed with the serious scholar in mind. But even the casual Shakespeare reader will gain much from this edition.
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on December 10, 2014
The best for Hamlet. The notes are extensive and thorough, much better than other editions I have encountered.
All the Oxford Shakespeare editions that I have are top-notch. Just get A.C. Bradley's book of criticism to complete
your reading experience of Hamlet and the other major tragedies.
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on December 30, 2015
To make scholars the audience or not to make scholars the audience? That is the question of this edition. As much as I appreciate (and often prefer) scholarly editions, this one -- both the text and the TWO introductory essays -- is so pedantic that this reviewer here confidently asserts that no one but an advanced Shakespeare scholar would benefit from owning it. Hibbard's introductions focus mainly on debates about the Folios and Quartos that were taking place among Shakespeare scholars during the 1970s and 1980s. I'll grant that Hibbard's level-headed, perspicuous treatment of the textual problems appear to advantage him in the introduction and the commentary on the text. Nevertheless, this edition may be recommended to students who, ONLY having immersed themselves in the thickets of 20th-century Hamlet criticism, and like Richard III, 'Seeking a way, and straying from the way ... But toiling desperately to find it out', will benefit from Hibbard's account of the essential elements of the play. More casual readers looking for a rigorous yet readable edition would do better to buy the Oxford School edition instead.
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on May 4, 2010
The cover-art alone is worth the price. Moreover, the quality of the paper is very good, with clear, sharp printed text.
One drawback might be that the Oxford editors use the F version of the play and have included parts of Q2, such as Hamlet's 4.4
soliloquy in the appendix. Overall a very good value.
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Hamlet is Hamlet. If you are buying the revised edition it is for the add-on information.

This really is "The Tragical History of Hamlet Prince of Denmark" and not only the Prince but also his family. Not only his family but his friends. The tragedy started in the previous generation. Will it end with Hamlet?

Many people are interested in dissecting underlying themes and read more into the characters actions than was probably intended. Many of phrases from Hamlet now challenge Bible for those popular quotes that no one remembers where they came from. The real fun is in just reading the story and as you find that it is not as foreign as you may have thought; you see many characters like these around you today.

A synopsis, Old Hamlet conquered Old Fortinbras seizing Fortinbras' land. Now that Old Hamlet is dead, Young Fortinbras wants his land back and is willing to take it by force. Meanwhile back in Dänemark Prince Hamlet who is excessively grieving the loss of his father, the king, gets an interesting insight from his father's ghost. Looks like Old Hamlet was a victim of a "murder most foul". On top of that they even get married before the funeral meats are cold.

The story is about Hamlet's vacillating as to what to do about his father's murder. However he does surprise many with his persistence and insight.

You will find many great movie presentations and imitations of the story; this is an intriguing read but was really meant to be watched.
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on March 11, 2013
Absolutely fantastic edition. Amazing critical commentary. Best text layout I've seen for text v. footnotes. It makes reading very pleasant indeed.
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on August 17, 2015
I love Shakespeare's works. his works is fantastic and this one is no exception
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on February 10, 2013
Good, good awesome. :) Shakespeare at his greatest, and this version has some very helpful footnotes. Skipped the introduction though...
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