Hamlet's combination of violence and introspection is unusual among
Shakespeare's tragedies. It is also full of curious riddles and
fascinating paradoxes, making it one of his most widely discussed
plays. Professor Hibbard's illuminating and original introduction
explains the process by which variant texts were fused in the
eighteenth century to create the most commonly used text of today.
Drawing on both critical and theatrical history, he shows how this
gusion makes Hamlet seem a much more 'problematic' play than it was
when it originally appeared in the First Folio of 1623. The Oxford
Shakespeare edition presents a radically new text, based on that
First Folio, which printed Shakespeare's own revision of an earlier
version. The result is a 'theatrical' and highly practical edition
for students and actors alike.