The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

According to the First Folio (Spelling Modernised); With Further Remarks on the Emphasis-Capitals of Shakspere (Classic Reprint)

by William Shakespeare

Hardback Publication Date: 21/04/2018

Excerpt from The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: According to the First Folio (Spelling Modernised); With Further Remarks on the Emphasis-Capitals of Shakspere Of editing Shakspere's works, and writing books on them and him, there is no end, and with such a popular subject many have to do whom the Gods have not made Poetical, and who, therefore, do not know what Poetical is. We have laborious contributors in every branch connected with him and his writings, but, of course, the first thing, which has led to all the interest, is his meaning, that is the Heart of heart, and on which depends the accurate reading or reciting of his language, and we claim for these emphasis-capitals, that in this, they are the confidential servants or body-guard. Adherents to our opinion increase in number more rapidly than could have been anticipated, for there are so many grave interests bound up with Modern Editions which shew the shorn Text, that any published favourable words of an Edition restoring these abolished Capitals, and upon the ground of their being indispensable, cannot be other than few and far between. With a large number of persons, to admit that there is anything whatever in them, making them worthy of restoration, would be to lift a stone to break their own heads, and, accordingly, there is either silence, orutterances of the when I ope my lips, let no dog bark character, to force the emphasis-capitals to be regarded as merely types of a different shape, signifying nothing emanating from the Printers, and not thoughtfully selected, and carefully set down in his Manuscript, by Shakspere himself. One of the reviewers has said, These Capitals were simply inserted by the printers in the fashion of the time when no two printing offices agreed in the matter, or even took the trouble to be consistent with themselves, a statement with which we think no earnest and impartial student of the First Folio, capable of judging.

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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, in 1564. The date of his birth is unknown but is celebrated on 23 April, which happens to be St George's Day, and the day in 1616 on which Shakespeare died.

Aged eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. They had three children. Around 1585 William joined an acting troupe on tour in Stratford from London, and thereafter spent much of his life in the capital. By 1595 he had written five of his history plays, six comedies and his first tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. In all, he wrote thirty-seven plays and much poetry, and earned enormous fame in his own lifetime in prelude to his immortality.

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