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  • Forthcoming: March 2019
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-64010-6
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    William Shakespeare (Author), Robert S. Miola (Editor, Loyola University Maryland)


    “A perfect volume to initiate majors into the discipline and delight of carefully examining presumptions, priorities, language, and structures of both primary and secondary texts.”
    —Stephen R. Honeygosky, University of Pittsburgh

    This Norton Critical Edition includes:

    • The Second Quarto text, edited by Robert S. Miola and accompanied by his footnotes, headnotes, and introductory materials.
    • Eighteen illustrations from 1604 to 2008, three of them new to the Second Edition.
    • The Actors’ Gallery, presenting actors—from Sarah Bernhardt and Ellen Terry to Kenneth Branagh and David Tennant, two of them new to the Second Edition—reflecting on their roles in major productions of Hamlet.
    • Seventeen critical interpretations, representing a wide range of historical and scholarly commentary.
    • Afterlives, featuring fifteen reflections on Hamlet—from David Garrick and Mark Twain to Margaret Atwood and Jawad al-Assadi.
    • A Bibliography of print and online resources.

    About the Series

    Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format—annotated text, contexts, and criticism—helps students to better understand, analyze, and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.



    The extensive images collected herein include stills from numerous global stage productions and film adaptations, historical drawings of key scenes, and a comparison of several lines from the First Quarto, Second Quarto, and First Folio to illustrate the differences among editions.


    These two sections—the first featuring actors’ musings on the characters they played and the second containing excerpts from adaptations and homages by authors like Dickens, Twain, Atwood, and Updike—provide proof of Hamlet’s enduring legacy on the stage and the page.


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