- Series: Dover Thrift Editions
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; Reprint edition (September 24, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486272788
- ISBN-13: 978-0486272788
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4,864 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
In this quintessential Shakespeare tragedy, a young prince's halting pursuit of revenge for the murder of his father unfolds in a series of highly charged confrontations that have held audiences spellbound for nearly four centuries. Those fateful exchanges, and the anguished soliloquies that precede and follow them, probe depths of human feeling rarely sounded in any art.
The title role of Hamlet, perhaps the most demanding in all of Western drama, has provided generations of leading actors their greatest challenge. Yet all the roles in this towering drama are superbly delineated, and each of the key scenes offers actors a rare opportunity to create theatrical magic.
As if further evidence of Shakespeare's genius were needed, Hamlet is a unique pleasure to read as well as to see and hear performed. The full text of this extraordinary drama is reprinted here from an authoritative British edition complete with illuminating footnotes.
A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
About the Author
"He was not of an age, but for all time," declared Ben Jonson of his contemporary William Shakespeare (1564–1616). Jonson's praise is especially prescient, since at the turn of the 17th century Shakespeare was but one of many popular London playwrights and none of his dramas were printed in his lifetime. The reason so many of his works survive is because two of his actor friends, with the assistance of Jonson, assembled and published the First Folio edition of 1623.
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The story is reminiscent of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs--with added pitfalls. Imogen’s stepmother, the evil queen, wants her to marry her son, clueless and irredeemable Cloten. Against the Queen’s wishes, and that of her father, King Cymbeline, she marries Posthumus. Posthumus is then banished from Britain. Before departing for Rome, he gives a bracelet to Imogen. In Rome, Posthumus meets the cunning interloper Iachimo, who tells him that his wife can be made unfaithful. Later, in Britain, in one of the play’s truly bizarre scenes, Iachimo hides in a trunk in Imogen’s bedroom. While she’s asleep, he emerges and steals her bracelet. Learning that Iachimo has the bracelet, Posthumus believes the worst and orders his servant Pisanio to kill her. Meanwhile, Rome demands tribute from Britain but Cymbeline refuses. Pisanio, faithful to the bewildered Imogen, tells her to disguise as a boy and seek refuge with the invading Roman army. She becomes lost in Wales and meets a long-ago banished lord, Belarius, and two youths who are the sons of Cymbeline, and therefore princes, and Imogen’s brothers. Belarius kidnapped them when he was banished and has raised them as his own sons, although Cymbeline doesn’t know this; he thinks they’re dead. Imogen, meanwhile, becomes ill and takes a drug that puts her into such a deep sleep that she appears to be dead. Cloten arrives on the scene dressed in Posthumus’ clothes, up to no good, and is killed by one of the princes. Imogen awakes and thinks Cloten’s headless body is that of her husband’s. Deeply grieved, she joins the Roman general, whose forces are ready to attack Cymbeline's forces. The courage of Belarius and the two princes win the day for Britain. All come before Cymbeline where, one revelation growing from another, the plot’s many twists are unraveled. Cymbeline is reunited with his sons and happiness returns to the kingdom, except for the evil Queen, who has died mysteriously. Even Iachimo the interloper and liar is pardoned. Imogen and Posthumous are reunited and presumably live happily ever after.
Sound far-fetched? It is. The play’s saving grace is Imogen, ever faithful, ever pure of heart, ever plucky and resourceful, and allotted the play’s sublimest lines; and Iachimo, rat though he is, Shakespeare renders a three-dimensional character. The rest are one-dimensional cardboard characters--stiff, myopic, inclined to believe the worst. About Imogen, in his book “William Shakespeare,” George Branes writes: “We see her in the most various situations, and she is equal to them all. We see her exposed to trial after trial, each harder than the last, and she emerges from them all, not only unscathed, but with her rare and enchanting qualities thrown into ever stronger belief.”
Finally, Charles Van Doren has this to say: “When you have written 30 players, and know everything about writing plays, and in particular know that your skill will not allow you to make any really bad mistakes, you may be willing to take some very big chances and try some things that have never been tried before. This is what Shakespeare does in ‘Cymbeline’ and it is the reason above all why I love the play.”
Pelican produced a great cover and fit and finish on this book. It's engaging and looks great on the shelf. I'm dying to pick up all of them because as a series they will utterly dominate a shelf. Very striking, and the line illustrations are gorgeous.
Unfortunately, it's more of a mixed bag on the inside. Small margins and cheap paper feel disappointing. I'm going to spend the most time on the inside, so why would I buy a poor-quality interior? The Barnes and Noble series of Shakespeares, though much uglier on the outside, have really helpful notes and references throughout, and are printed on a spacious layout and great-quality paper.
Up to you whether cover or interior rules, but for me, I think I'm sticking with the B&Ns. It's a shame though, wish these were nicer on the inside.
In the end, I think Horatio should have become president of Denmark, and we could have saved a bunch of centuries figuring socialism out.