With a wealth of helpful and incisive commentary, this edition of Hamlet provides:
The First Quarto Text (1603) and the First Folio Text (1623), edited to the highest standards of scholarship.
Detailed notes and commentary on the same page as the text.
A full, illustrated introduction.
The fullest available stage history of the First Quarto Text.
A full index to the introduction and notes.
A select bibliography of references and further reading.
Hamlet, The Texts of 1603 and 1623 is a companion to the core volume in a ground-breaking edition of three Hamlet texts: Hamlet, The Second Quarto Text (1604-1605). Readers of both editions have, for the first time, a unique opportunity to study the three surviving texts of Hamlet experienced by Shakespeares contemporaries, fully modernized and edited by leading scholars.