Hamlet (The Pelican Shakespeare)
This edition of Hamlet is edited with an introduction by series editor A. R. Braunmuller and was recently repackaged with cover art by Manuja Waldia. Waldia received a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators for the Pelican Shakespeare series.
The legendary Pelican Shakespeare series features authoritative and meticulously researched texts paired with scholarship by renowned Shakespeareans. Each book includes an essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeares time, an introduction to the individual play, and a detailed note on the text used. Updated by general editors Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller, these easy-to-read editions incorporate over thirty years of Shakespeare scholarship undertaken since the original series, edited by Alfred Harbage, appeared between 1956 and 1967. With stunning new covers, definitive texts, and illuminating essays, the Pelican Shakespeare will remain a valued resource for students, teachers, and theater professionals for many years to come.
Upon seeing the ghost of his recently deceased father, Prince Hamlet is told by the spectral figure that he was murdered by his brother Claudius. At his father's request, the young Prince of Denmark dedicates his life to avenging his father's murder. His indecision and his madness - feigned or real - result in his tragic downfall. Filled with belligerent confrontations and poignant soliloquies, Hamlet provides all the elements of a classic Shakespearean tragedy.