Shakespeare's greatest play - the tragedy of Hamlet has become the most widely published work in the world, after the Bible.
Generally regarded as Shakespeare’s greatest play, Hamlet has been published in countless editions over the centuries. Its combination of violence and introspection is unusual among Shakespeare's tragedies, while its curious riddles and fascinating paradoxes make it one of his most widely discussed works.
Set in the late medieval period, Hamlet tells the story of a Danish Prince who is urged by the ghost of his murdered father to avenge his untimely death. The ghost has accused Hamlet’s uncle, Claudius, of the crime, leaving the prince beset by grief and uncertainty. As he descends into melancholy and apparent madness, murderous plots, wicked schemes and mistaken identities lead to the demise of the royal family.
Published by Oxford University Press and bound in hardback buckram by The Folio Society, The Oxford Shakespeare series offers authoritative editions of Shakespeare’s plays. The early printings have been scrupulously re-examined and interpreted by eminent scholars, who also provide introductory essays covering all relevant background information, together with an appraisal of critical views and of the plays in performance. The exhaustive commentaries pay particular attention to language and staging. Reprints of sources, music for songs, genealogical tables and maps are included where necessary; many of the volumes are illustrated, and all contain an index.
Each book has an individual editor, with the whole series overseen by Stanley Wells.
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