Title Hamlet (Norton Critical Editions), 2/e
Author William Shakespeare
ISBN 9780393640106
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 338
Book size 152 X 235 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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“A perfect volume to initiate majors into the discipline and delight of carefully examining presumptions, priorities, language, and structures of both primary and secondary texts.”

Stephen R. Honeygosky, University of Pittsburgh


This Norton Critical Edition includes:

  • The Second Quarto text, edited by Robert S. Miola and accompanied by his footnotes, headnotes, and introductory materials.
  • Eighteen illustrations from 1604 to 2008, three of them new to the Second Edition.
  • The Actors’ Gallery, presenting actors—from Sarah Bernhardt and Ellen Terry to Kenneth Branagh and David Tennant, two of them new to the Second Edition—reflecting on their roles in major productions of Hamlet.
  • Seventeen critical interpretations, representing a wide range of historical and scholarly commentary.
  • Afterlives, featuring fifteen reflections on Hamlet—from David Garrick and Mark Twain to Margaret Atwood and Jawad al-Assadi.
  • A Bibliography of print and online resources.


About the Series

Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format—annotated text, contexts, and criticism—helps students to better understand, analyze, and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.


List of Illustrations
Introduction: Imagining Hamlet

The Text of Hamlet
Textual Notes
Appendix 1: Passages from Quarto 1 (1603)
Appendix 2: Passages from the Folio (1623) 

The Actors’ Gallery
Edwin Booth • Notes (1878) • Letter to William Winter (1882)
Henry Irving • Introduction to Hamlet (1890)
Sarah Bernhardt • Why I Have Played Male Parts (1924)
Ellen Terry • [On Ophelia] (1908)
Richard Burton • Introduction to Hamlet (1954)
Michael Pennington • Hamlet: A User’s Guide (1996)
Ralph Alan Cohen • “Nothing Good or Bad”:  The 2007 American Shakespeare Center Production of
Hamlet Q1
Abigail Rokison • Interview with David Tennant (2009)

The Bible  • Genesis 4: 1–12  • Judges 11: 30–40  • Romans 12: 17–21
Greek Tragedy  • Aeschylus • The Libation-Bearers (458 B.C.E.) • Sophocles • Electra (ca. 400 B.C.E.) • Euripides • Electra (ca. 418 B.C.E. • Orestes (408 B.C.E. Seneca • Agamemnon (first century) • Thyestes (first century)
Saxo Grammaticus • Historia Danica (1180–1208)
Dante Alighieri • Inferno (ca. 1315)
Thomas More • The Supplication of Souls (1529)
Thomas Kyd • The Spanish Tragedy (1592) 

John Dryden • Preface to Troilus and Cressida (1679)
Nicholas Rowe • Some Account of the Life, &c. of Mr. William Shakespear (1709)
Voltaire • Preface to Sémiramis (1748) • Du Théâtre Anglais (1761)
Samuel Johnson • Notes on Hamlet (1765)
George Steevens • Letter to David Garrick (1771) • [On Hamlet’s Character] (1785)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe • Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship (1795)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge • Lecture on Hamlet (1812)
John Quincy Adams • Letter to James H. Hackett (1839)
Edgar Allan Poe • Review of William Hazlitt (1845)
Abraham Lincoln • Letter to James H. Hackett (1863)
Leo Tolstoy • Shakespeare and the Drama (1908)
Gilbert Murray • Hamlet and Orestes (1914)
Ernest Jones • A Psycho-analytic Study of Hamlet (1922)
Stephen Greenblatt • Hamlet in Purgatory (2001)
Tony Howard • Women as Hamlet (2007)

Anonymous • Der bestrafte Brudermord (seventeenth century)
Henry Fielding • [Partridge and the Ghost] (1749)
David Garrick • [The Ending of Hamlet] (1772)
Hamlet Travesties • John Poole • Hamlet Travestie (1817) • Francis Talfourd • Hamlet Travestie (1849) • George Edward Rice • An Old Play in a New Garb (1853)
Charles Dickens • [Mr. Wopsle’s Hamlet] (1861)
Mark Twain • [Huck Finn on Hamlet] (1885)
Boris Pasternak • Hamlet (1946)
Tom Stoppard • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1967)
Heiner Müller • Hamletmachine (1977)
Margaret Atwood • Gertrude Talks Back (1992)
Jawad al-Assadi • Forget Hamlet (1994)
Jasper Fforde • Something Rotten (2004)


About the Editor:

Robert S. Miola is Gerard Manley Hopkins Chair of English at Loyola University Maryland. He is the author of Shakespeare’s Reading, Shakespeare and Classical Comedy: The Influence of Plautus and Terence, Shakespeare and Classical Tragedy: The Influence of Seneca, and The Comedy of Errors: Critical Essays, as well as dozens of articles on sixteenth-century English literature.

Target Audience:

Students and Academicians of English Literature.


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