This edition of Shakespeare's classic play presents the 1974 text edited by G. Blakemore Evans from The Riverside Shakespeare (complete with footnotes, glosses, and textual notes) along with five critical essays - newly commissioned or revised for a student audience - that read Hamlet from five contemporary critical perspectives. Each critical essay is accompanied by a succinct introduction to the history, principles, and practice of the critical perspective, and a bibliography that promotes further exploration of that approach. The text and essays are further complemented by an introduction providing biographical and historical contexts to Shakespeare and Hamlet, a survey of critical responses to the play since its initial publication, and a glossary of critical and theoretical terms.
William Shakespeare is the world's greatest ever playwright. Born in 1564, he split his time between Stratford-upon-Avon and London, where he worked as a playwright, poet and actor. In 1582 he married Anne Hathaway. Shakespeare died in 1616 at the age of fifty-two, leaving three children--Susanna, Hamnet and Judith. The rest is silence.