- Paperback: 253 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press; 5 edition (October 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300101058
- ISBN-13: 978-0300101058
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,231 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I would recommend this rendition to people who know the play already, though. The voices are sometimes difficult to tell apart. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are cast as women, and so it in some scenes it is possible to confuse them with Ophelia. (I did, anyway.) That is my only complaint. The cast were all wonderful. I wish Polonius had lived a bit longer - I laughed out loud at this rendition.
reads "I think it be think indeed..."
should read, "I think it be thine indeed..."
reads "this skull has lien you i' th' earth..."
should read "this skull has lain in the earth..."
reads "Yet here she is allow'd her virgin crants..."
should read "Yet here she is allowed her virgin rites..."
There are many other examples. It seems as though this was copied via computer, and never proof-read.
If you want an accurate copy of Hamlet, this Collins Classic paperback is not for you.
I do not have this version on Kindle, but if it is like anything else Shakespeare on Kindle, it is likely to have editing and formatting issues. At least in my experience with many of the 'free' versions.
I have a couple of the Complete Works of Shakespeare, but I enjoy the Pelican versions of my favorites. Each version has quite a bit of additional information including footnotes for much of the vocabulary. The forwards and various essays explain things very well and offer additional insight to the play. I would recommend reading the forwards and essays AFTER reading the play if you have not read it before.
Just wanted to add a positive review for what I consider to be a great version of Hamlet.