The HAMLET 3x2 Text Research Toolset — 3rd Edition
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The HAMLET 3x2 Text Research Toolset — 3rd Edition

Price: $199.95
  • Binding: Soft cover perfect bound
  • Dimensions: 10"x16"
  • ISBN: 978-0-9825553-5-4
  • Pages: 130
  • Illustrations: 18 color diagrams and illustrations
  • Item #: hamlet-q1-toolset-3
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The HAMLET Text Research Toolset — 3rd Edition

The Text Research Toolset presents, an a parallel arrangement, the three substantive variant texts of Hamlet--the 1603 1st Quarto (Q1), the 1604/5 2nd Quarto (Q2), and the Folio (F) text of 1623 --painstakingly formatted and color-coded to assist scholars in efficiently identifying and analyzing the thousands of differences among them, which range from the substitution of individual words (by Shakespeare himself or others), to unique blocks of lines in each text.

The three texts are displayed in modern type in a parallel arrangement, on pages more than 16 inches wide. On each page of the publication, a page of the Q2 text appears in the center, as the control text, flanked by corresponding portions of the Q1 and the Folio texts. Each Q1 variant appears in blue in the Q1 text to the left, and each Folio variant appears in red in the Folio text to the right. When words or entire passages are unique to Q2 vs. the Folio text, these appear in red in the Q2 text. 

The highly limited editorial policy scrupulously maintains original spelling, punctuation, and capitalization with the exception that reading is made less cumbersome by the elimination of the quaint forms of the letter 's' and the adoption of modern use where i and j or u and v are interchanged in the original printings of the three texts. 

Since minute particulars can affect scholarly judgment of a textual variant, the editors are preparing facsimile texts which will be available on the internet, arranged to correspond with the pages in this publication. 

Printed on 80# stock, this large-scale edition is designed for frequent use and reference. The wide margins invite the reader to make his or her own annotations. This publication will find a place on the desk of any Shakespeare textual scholar.

For theater directors tasked with developing a performance script of Hamlet, a foldout copy of the HAMLET Plot Element Grid for Stage Script Planning and Evaluation is included. 

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