Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 814. Thursday, 18 Nov. 1993.
Date: Wednesday, 17 Nov 1993 09:44:30 -0500 (EST)
Subject: The Three-Text Hamlet
For anyone interested in comparing the versions of HAMLET in Q1, Q2, and F1,
there is always the Bertran/Kliman edition, THE THREE-TEXT HAMLET: PARALLEL
TEXTS OF THE FIRST AND SECOND QUARTOS AND FIRST FOLIO (NY: AMS Press, 1991),
$64.50 cloth. Michael Warren's review (SQ, Fall 1993) was generally quite
enthusiastic: "Its four columns impose upon all readers the obligation to a
knowledge that HAMLET is something more complicated than a single edited text
suggests. I hope that in the near future this book will be reprinted in a
reasonably-priced paperback edition....It would be of considerable value in
the classroom" (371-76). Good news! Bernice tells me that a paperback version
may soon be available, if you want to wait until the price comes down. By the
way, in the same issue of SQ DeGrazia and Stallybrass call attention to this
publication in an article that should be on the reading list of anyone
interested in the questions raised in connection with the current bulletin
board conversations in progress: "The Materiality of the Shakespearean Text,"
SQ 44. 3 (Fall 1993) 255-283.