A comprehensive collection of the best writing about this Shakespearian play, both as dramatic literature and theatrical performance, this book is an excellent resource companion to the text. This collected wisdom was originally published in 1986. It contains pieces of commentary from as far back as the late 18th Century but also highly acclaimed critical pieces from more recent years, organised into six general themes.
Preface Introduction Part 1: The Play 1. Shakespeare: An Address, 1916, Apr. 23 G.L. Kittredge 2. 'Endnote to Hamlet' Samuel Johnson 3. Hamlet: An Historical and Comparative Study E.E. Stoll 4. 'The World of Hamlet' Maynard Mack 5. Form and Meaning in Drama H.D. Kitto 6. The Idea of a Theater Francis Fergusson 7. The Dream of Learning D.G. James 8. The Question of Hamlet Harry Levin 9. 'Hamlet, Duellist' Sheldon P. Zittner 10. The Comic Matrix of Shakespeare's Tragedies Susan Snyder 11. 'The Structural Pattern of Shakespeare's Tragedies' Marco Mincoff Part 2: Hamlet the Character 12. Coleridge on Shakespeare R.A. Foakes 13. Characters of Shakespeare's Plays William Hazlitt 14. Course of Lectures on Dramatic Art and Literature Augustus Schlegel 15. Shakespearean Tragedy A.C. Bradley 16. Character Problems in Shakespeare's Plays Levin Schucking 17. Hamlet and Oedipus Ernest Jones 18. Hamlet: A Study in Critical Method A.J. Waldock 19. The Meanings of Hamlet P. Gottschalk Part 3: Scenes and Characters 20. 'Notes to 'to be or not to be'' Samuel Johnson 21.' To Be or Not to Be' Francis Gentleman 22. Prefaces to Shakespeare Harley Granville-Barker 23. What Happens in Hamlet John Dover Wilson 24. The Mad Folk of Shakespeare John C. Bucknill 25. Shakespearean Tragedy A.C. Bradley 26. 'Introduction:' The Arden: Hamlet Harold Jenkins 27. 'Note to Polonius' Samuel Johnson 28. 'Introduction,' Hamlet 29. Poison, Play, and Duel Nigel Alexander 30. 'Introduction:' The Arden: Hamlet Harold Jenkins Part 4: Language 31. Shakespeare's Dramatic Language Madeleine Doran 32. 'Hamlet and the Power of Words' Inga-Stina Ewbank Part 5: The Theatre 33. Diary and Correspondence, August 31, 1668 Samuel Pepys 34. The Mirror, April 22, 1780 Mr. MacKenzie 35. Dramatic Miscellanies Thomas Davies 36. The Hamlet of Edwin Booth Charles Shattuck 37. 'An Actor's Notes on Shakespeare' Henry Irving 38. 'Hamlet,' 2 October, 1897 George Bernard Shaw 39. 'Fifty Years of Shakespearian Production' Muriel St. C. Byrne 40. John Gielgud Directs Richard Burton in Hamlet Richard L. Sterne Part 6: Hamlet in Fiction 41. Tom Jones Henry Fielding 42. Wilhelm Meister Goethe 43. Great Expectations Charles Dickens 44. Ulysses James Joyce
Reissuing works originally published between 1919 and 1988, Routledge Library Editions: Hamlet offers a selection of scholarship on the Shakespearean tragic play. Classic previously out-of-print works are brought back into print here in this small set of dramatic and literary criticism.