The Arden Shakespeare Hamlet
Neil Taylor and Ann Thompson's 2006 Arden Shakespeare edition of Hamlet is the most comprehensive version of the play currently available. Providing for the first time, a popularly available three-text Hamlet, with the complete 1604/5 Second Quarto text along with full notes and appendices of the First Quarto and Folio texts. The introduction includes background, historical context and a survey of critical works. The Arden Shakespeare Hamlet has notes underneath the text and is a comprehensive and thorough edition suitable both for students and general reading of Shakespeare's Hamlet. 613 pages.
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Folger Shakespeare Library Hamlet
Produced by the world's leading centre for Shakespeare studies, the Folger edition of Hamlet contains the Second Quarto text on the right side of the page with facing page notes. There is an essay by Michael Neill, along with introductions to Shakespeare's language, scene by scene plot summaries, and illustrations from the Shakespeare Library. 400 pages.
Norton Critical Edition Hamlet
Using the Second Quarto of Hamlet as a basis, with occasional references to the Folio, editor Cyrus Hoy explores the intellectual background to the play in his notes, providing a historical context for the subjects of melancholy, demonology and death. The Norton Edition is comprehensive in its inclusion of source material including Saxo Grammaticus and Belleforest, as well as notable criticism from among others, T.S. Eliot, C.S. Lewis, Rebecca West, Goethe and Samuel Johnson. 298 pages.
Oxford School Shakespeare Hamlet
Edited by Roma Gill the Oxford School Shakespeare is designed for young students (aged 9 - 12) as a first introduction to the play. The Oxford Shakespeare's introduction explores how the play developed in Shakespeare's imagination and includes photos of recent productions. With modern spelling and explanatory notes on the same page, the Oxford Shakespeare also includes related artwork, background to Shakespeare's theatre and early performances of the play and original source material. 192 pages.
The Pelican Shakespeare Hamlet
Edited by A.R. Braunmuller, the Pelican Hamlet is a new edition in a smaller publication size based on the Second Quarto with some additions from the Folio. The easy to hold format is perfect for use in rehearsal rooms or for studying. Alongside the text are an authoritative introduction by Stephen Orgel, and essays about Shakespeare's life and his work in the theatre. 208 pages.