The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark Description
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: NOTES ABBREVIATIONS Abbott . . . Abbott's Shakespearian Grammar, 3d edition F 1 .... First Folio (1623) of Shakespeare's plays. F 2 .... Second Folio (1632). F3 . . . . Third Folio (1663 and 1664). F 4 .... Fourth Folio (1685). Ff. The four Folios. M. L. N. . Modern Language Notes. 9 1 .... First Quarto (1603) of Hamlet. 9 2 .... Second Quarto (1604). Q 3 .... Third Quarto (1605). Q4 . . . . Fourth Quarto (1611). Q5 . . . . Fifth Quarto (undated). Q 6 .... Sixth Quarto (1637). Qq .... The Quartos, except Q 1. The parallel text of Q 1, Q 2, and F 1 may profitably be studied in Vietor's edition (Shakespeare Reprints, Marburg, 1891). For the meaning of words not given in these notes, the student is referred to the Glossary at the end of the volume. The numbering of the lines corresponds to that of the Globe edition. This applies also to the scenes in prose. Dramatis Person]. This list is not in the Qq or Ff. It was added by Rowe. The spelling adopted is that of F 1. Division into Acts and Scenes. The division into acts and scenes is traditional, neither being given before the Players' Quarto of 1676, and in that only the acts. The earlier Quartos have no division, and in the Ff. it extends only as far as Act ii, scene 2. Mr. Rose (New Shakspere Society Transactions, 1877-1879) has argued that the accepted division is incorrect; but it would not be convenient to adopt any other here. Mr. Rose's paper will, however, repay careful study. He would retain the present endings of Act i and Act iv. Act ii he would end with the present Act iii, scene 1, and Act iii with the present Act iv, scene 3. " Such an arrangement," he says, " is thoroughly Shakespearian; each act has its unity ? the first is filled by the Ghost, the second b...
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