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Annotation: Contains the complete text of the play, fully annotated, with an introduction by Burton Raffel and an essay by Harold Bloom.
Catalog Number: #129974
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Yale Univ. Press
Copyright Date: 2003
Edition Date: 2003
Pages: xxxi, 249 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-300-10105-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-31141-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-300-10105-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-31141-1
Dewey: 822.3
LCCN: 2003005805
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-247).
Reading Level: 9.0
Interest Level: 9+
Lexile: 850L

One of the most frequently read and performed of all stage works, Shakespeare's Hamlet is unsurpassed in its complexity and richness. Now the first fully annotated version of Hamlet makes the play completely accessible to readers in the twenty-first century. It has been carefully assembled with students, teachers, and the general reader in mind. Eminent linguist and translator Burton Raffel offers generous help with vocabulary and usage of Elizabethan English, pronunciation, prosody, and alternative readings of phrases and lines. His on-page annotations provide readers with all the tools they need to comprehend the play and begin to explore its many possible interpretations. This version of Hamlet is unparalleled for its thoroughness and adherence to sound linguistic principles. In his Introduction, Raffel offers important background on the origins and previous versions of the Hamlet story, along with an analysis of the characters Hamlet and Ophelia. And in a concluding essay, Harold Bloom meditates on the originality of Shakespeare's achievement. The book also includes a careful selection of items for "Further Reading."

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