By: Shakesspeare, Edited by Joseph Pearce


Through the story of the introspective prince of Denmark, Hamlet leads the reader to consider important philosophical and ethical issues and to contemplate the age-old question, “To be or not to be?”

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Hamlet is the longest of Shakespeare’s plays and is perhaps his finest. After speaking with the specter of his murdered father, Prince Hamlet of Denmark embarks upon a quest for vengeance that leads him to feign madness. Though Hamlet is driven by the desire to avenge his father, when he discovers that his uncle, Claudius, is the murderer he struggles with the decision to kill him. Hamlet’s hesitance ultimately leads to tragedy.

Arguably Shakespeare’s finest and most important play, Hamlet is also one of the most misunderstood masterpieces of world literature. “To be or not to be”, may be the question, but the answer has eluded many generations of critics. What does it mean “to be”? And is everything as it seems to be?

These are the questions that are asked and answered in the introduction by Joseph Pearce and in the tradition-oriented critical essays by leading Shakespeare scholars that can be found in this groundbreaking edition of Shakespeare’s masterpiece. To see or not to see, that is the question. The Ignatius Critical Edition of Hamlet will help many people truly see the play and its deepest meaning in a new and surprising light.

This edition of Hamlet by Shakespeare features the full text of the play as well as an introduction by Joseph Pearce.

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Weight .34 kg
Dimensions 8 × 5.3 × .75 in


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Edited by Joseph Pearce


Ignatius Press




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