This version of Hamlet is a 1922 edition complete with illustrations and a 220-page study guide that includes the origin and publication of Hamlet, the meter of Hamlet, stage history of Hamlet, comments on the characters, familiar passages in Hamlet, what we know about Shakespeare, a discussion of Shakespeares plays and poems, Shakespeares popularity in his own day, Shakespeares fame since his death, the theatre of Shakespeares day, acting Shakespeare, suggested scenes for dramatization, books of interest to students of Shakespeare, explanatory notes for acts and scenes, 44 subjects for composition including notes on the topics, and a glossary of difficult and unusual words found in Hamlet.
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet exacts on his uncle Claudius for murdering King Hamlet, Claudiuss brother and Prince Hamlets father, and then succeeding to the throne and taking as his wife Gertrude, the old kings widow and Prince Hamlets mother. The play vividly portrays both true and feigned madness – from overwhelming grief to seething rage – and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption.
Hamlet is Shakespeares longest play and among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature, with a story capable of seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others. The play was one of Shakespeares most popular works during his lifetime and still ranks among his most-performed, topping the Royal Shakespeare Companys performance list since 1879. It has inspired writers from Goethe and Dickens to Joyce and Murdoch, and has been described as the worlds most filmed story after Cinderella.
Shakespeare based Hamlet on the legend of Amleth, preserved by 13th-century chronicler Saxo Grammaticus in his Gesta Danorum as subsequently retold by 16th-century scholar François de Belleforest. He may also have drawn on or perhaps written an earlier (hypothetical) Elizabethan play known today as the Ur-Hamlet.