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The First Quarto of Hamlet : New Cambridge Shakespeare - William Shakespeare

The First Quarto of Hamlet

New Cambridge Shakespeare

Hardcover Published: 28th April 1998
ISBN: 9780521418195
Number Of Pages: 144

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The first quarto of Hamlet is radically different from the second quarto and Folio versions of the play, and about half their length. But despite its uneven verbal texture and simpler characterisation, the first quarto presents its own workable alternatives to the longer texts, reordering and combining key plot elements, and even including a unique scene between Horatio and the Queen. This new critical edition is designed for students, scholars and actors who are intrigued by the first printed text of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Although the first quarto has been reprinted many times, there is no other modernised edition in print. Irace's introduction outlines views of its origins, its special features, and its surprisingly rich performance history; her textual notes point out differences between the first quarto and the longer second quarto and Folio versions and offer alternatives which actors or directors might choose for specific productions.

Prefacep. ix
Abbreviations and conventionsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Q1 and its relation to Q2 and Fp. 1
Revisionp. 2
Memorial reconstructionp. 5
Theatrical adaptationp. 7
Special features of Q1 Halmletp. 8
Languagep. 8
Plotp. 11
Charactersp. 12
Stagingp. 17
Q1 in performancep. 20
Note on the textp. 28
List of charactersp. 32
The Playp. 35
Textual notesp. 94
Possible 'actors' additions' in Q1 onlyp. 115
Couplets partly or wholly unique to Q1p. 117
Q1 plot outline in relation to Riverside (Q2/F)p. 119
Relineationp. 121
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ISBN: 9780521418195
ISBN-10: 0521418194
Series: New Cambridge Shakespeare
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 28th April 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.39

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