Hamlet (The Sourcebooks Shakespeare; Book & C D)

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9781402207761: Hamlet (The Sourcebooks Shakespeare; Book & C D)

The Sourcebooks Shakespeare Edition of Hamlet features an integrated audio CD with 25 performances by different actors throughout the twentieth century, narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi. Detailed essays, commentary and photos accompany our newly edited text of the play with insights from a noted Shakespeare scholar.

Hear 12 classic scenes with Hamlet played by:
--John Barrymore (1928)
--John Gielgud (from a 1948 recording made for radio)
--Laurence Olivier (from his 1948 movie soundtrack)
--Richard Burton (from Gielgud's 1964 "rehearsal" production on Broadway)
--Derek Jacobi (from a 1980 production for BBC-TV)

See images from notable productions:
--At the Joseph Papp Public Theater with Martin Sheen, Kevin Kline, and Liev Schreiber as Hamlet.
--Simon Russell Beale in New York City, Roger Rees at the Royal Shakespeare Company
--Stills from Kenneth Branagh's 1996 film and Michael Almereyda's 2000 version
--Set designs and costume renderings from a 1934 production directed by Sir John Gielgud

Read essays and commentary with insights from:
--Russell Jackson, editor of The Oxford Illustrated History of Shakespeare on Stage, on Kenneth Branagh's 1996 film.
--Douglas Lanier, editor of Shakespeare and Modern Popular Culture on Hamlet as inspiration for contemporary media
--Text editor Terri Bourus on productions of Hamlet throughout history

Additional essays dissect a contemporary performance, offer a modern cast's insights into their characters, and uncover the history of Shakespeare's world.

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Book Description:

This edition tells the story of Hamlet in production, from Burbage at the Globe to Branagh on film, relating stage interpretations to developments in the theatre, in literary criticism and in society. The detailed stage history records an ongoing process of discovery, as successive performers have found what it is in the play that will speak most powerfully to the audiences of their own times. The introduction focuses not only on star Hamlets, but on whole productions of the play including supporting players and, in this century, direction and design.

From the Publisher:

Founded in 1906 by J.M. Dent, the Everyman Library has always tried to make the best books ever written available to the greatest number of people at the lowest possible price. Unique editorial features that help Everyman Paperback Classics stand out from the crowd include: a leading scholar or literary critic's introduction to the text, a biography of the author, a chronology of her or his life and times, a historical selection of criticism, and a concise plot summary. All books published since 1993 have also been completely restyled: all type has been reset, to offer a clarity and ease of reading unique among editions of the classics; a vibrant, full-color cover design now complements these great texts with beautiful contemporary works of art. But the best feature must be Everyman's uniquely low price. Each Everyman title offers these extensive materials at a price that competes with the most inexpensive editions on the market-but Everyman Paperbacks have durable binding, quality paper, and the highest editorial and scholarly standards.

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