A concise, highly enjoyable adaptation of the classic Shakespeare drama.
This Signet Classic edition of Hamlet features an extensive overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theatre, and a special introduction by the general editor, Sylvan Barnet. It includes dramatic criticism from the past and present with commentaries by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, A. C. Bradley, Maynard Mack, Robert Ornstein, Carolyn Heilbrun, and Catherine Belsey. There is a comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions of Hamlet, then and now, and a note on three early texts of the play. It also contains the sources from which Shakespeare derived Hamlet. Text, notes and commentaries are printed in the clearest, most readable type, and there is an up-to-date list of recommended readings.