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The Annotated Shakespeare Series allowsreaders to fully understand and enjoy the rich plays of the world's greatest dramatist

"If any work deserves a student's closest attention, it is Hamlet. Burton Raffel's fully annotated edition is a teacher's and student's dream: the words are fully explained, and they get a wonderful essay by Harold Bloom as well."--George Soule, Carleton College

One of the most frequently read and performed of all stage works, Shakespeare's Hamlet isunsurpassed in its complexity and richness. Now the first fully annotated version of Hamlet makesthe 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 isunparalleled 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."

Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2003
ISBN: 9780300101058
Branch Call Number: 822.33 SHA
Characteristics: xxxiv, 253 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Raffel, Burton
Bloom, Harold

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Jul 30, 2020

As a fan of most Shakespeare classics I have to say that Hamlet is a captivating tale despite the fact that there were some things I didn’t enjoy very much. One thing I did enjoy was the theme of revenge and how the play teaches its audience the consequences of revenge. Aside from its great theme it also has a great plot. I don’t want to give it away but in my opinion it was a well thought out plot and kept me interested the whole time. The only thing I didn’t enjoy is the old English the whole play was written in. It’s sometimes a nuisance to decipher but all and all Hamlet is worth the read, especially since its a classic. 3/5
@Celine of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Jul 10, 2020

1603 - 4.02

Jun 08, 2019

Is this the script of the play?

Nov 06, 2018

Hamlet is a playwright tragedy written by William Shakespeare. The story is about how Prince Hamlet copes with his fathers death. One night he is visited by the ghost of his father, King Hamlet. King Hamlet tells Hamlet that he was murdered by his uncle Claudius, King Hamlet’s brother. The reason why the ghost visited was to tell Hamlet to avenge his fathers death. Before this encounter, Hamlet had already been feeling sad, depressed, and alone, but now he has someone to blame. Hamlet is definitely Shakespeare’s masterpiece, and it is also the play that made me understand him better as writer. The whole play is commonly noted as confusing as it is hard to understand why Hamlet does the things he does. However, if you take the time to analyze and really try to get into Hamlet’s states of mind, you will be able to figure him out. I would definitely recommend you read this novel if you are into Shakespeare’s novels, or thinking about reading it. There is no other story that is even comparable to Hamlet. Overall, if I had to rate this play, I would rate it five out of five stars. @SapphireReads of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

For teenagers like myself, we are usually forced to read Shakespeare and can only attempt to decipher what on earth the characters could be trying to say. However, Hamlet was different. Hamlet is about a young prince who is ordered by his late father to avenge his spirit by killing his uncle, who is the king. However, Shakespeare writes Hamlet’s decent into insanity so smoothly, that even you will not realize it until the very end. This play uses a lot of riddles and clever wordplay, and if you don’t read with an analytical eye, then you might just miss it. The only thing I did not like was the “play” format that it was written in, but that is just a personal preference and may be completely fine to others. All in all, I would rate this play an 8/10.
@Sonorous of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

One thing I like most about Hamlet is that it didn't hesitate to jump right into the action (ironic to the protagonist himself). With other plays of this iconic historical figure, I felt like things were dragged on in terms of details and plot. Despite Hamlet never taking action, in this play stuff still happens around him (to keep the story moving). I felt the emotions behind Ophelia's suffering, the pity for Laertes, and countless relatable moments. This is foretold to be one of Shakespeare's best works, and I agree, it definitely didn't disappoint.
@Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Oct 16, 2017

does anyone know how many pages it is?

Apr 15, 2017

William Shakespeare's most famous and beloved play (and for good reason), Hamlet is a must read, even if you are made to read it in school. The complex, twisting plot of a young man setting out to avenge his father, the old king of Denmark, and the destruction he leaves in his wake is skillfully and wonderfully outlined by Shakespeare's writing, which proves once again to be phenomenal. Almost all of the characters can lead to detailed analysis and interpretation - did Ophelia kill herself? Is Claudius really a bad man? Does Horatio have feelings for Hamlet? All of these questions and more have to be answered by yourself - Shakespeare is the master of providing many possible outcomes without any definite answers, which makes for thrilling rereads that are as enjoyable as the first time.
- @reallylikesmusicals of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Sep 08, 2016

The play Hamlet, is a classic tragedy written by the famed poet, William Shakespeare. Hamlet is about a young prince named Hamlet who seeks to avenge his father’s death by manipulating those around him and his uncle, Claudius. Throughout this play, there are many different themes present, and I found insanity and revenge to be two very prevalent messages. I found this play to be slightly boring in the very beginning, however, I do find that the events pick up closer towards the middle of the play. I did indeed read this for school, and while I am a fan of Shakespeare’s other work, I didn’t find this play to be my cup of tea. I would rate this play 2.5/5.
- @TheCuriousBookworm of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

This is one of, if not the greatest play ever written. Shakespeare isn’t respected as a master of language and poetry for nothing – this, among some of his other works, is a masterpiece. Hamlet is a fantastical play who’s characters and acts are so three dimensional they will being to appear in your real life months after reading, or seeing the play. If you put aside how it may be frustrating that the protagonist is so very flawed, this masterpiece is breathtaking, and will leave a lasting imprint on you. This is a must read.
- @FalcoLombardi of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 03, 2016

Read it , watched the Kenneth Branagh full length movie, now headed to see the live play in Ashland. Excuse me while I polish my litery halo.

Jun 15, 2015

The Folger Shakespeare Library editions have prefatory information that is very useful, giving hints on the language of Shakespeare, briefly summarizing his life, providing background to the story, and describing theater life in Shakespeare's time.

As for this particular play, I often got bogged down with the frequent soliloquies, most notably those of Hamlet. Shakespeare scholars point to Polonius for his long-winded orations and for his pontificating ways, but Prince Hamlet seemed just as long-winded.

Hamlet is one of Shakespeare's tragedies, but it does read like history at times.

May 25, 2014

Very cool stories for students.

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Sep 10, 2015

Hamlet recently lost his Father by his Uncle Claudius killing him by pouring poison in his ear. After that Claudius steals the throne and becomes King. Now, Hamlet's Father is after one thing, revenge and he wants Hamlet to do it. Will Hamlet succeed?


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