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Hamlet (AmazonClassics Edition) by [William Shakespeare]

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William Shakespeare (1564–1616) was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, to a middle-class glover and a landowner’s daughter. He married Anne Hathaway in 1582 and moved to London to work with a theatrical troupe ten years later. Since little has been learned of his early life, nearly all of what historians know today about Shakespeare begins—on the London stage—in 1592. In the wake of his critical and public success, Shakespeare helped build the Globe Theater on the River Thames.

Regarded as the world’s preeminent dramatist, his extant works include thirty-eight plays, one hundred and fifty-four sonnets, and two narrative poems, all of which have been widely translated. To this day, his plays have been performed more often than those of any other playwright. They have been adapted for film and television, updated, deconstructed, and transfigured into ballets, operas, rock musicals, and Bollywood melodramas. Though his formal education extended no further than grammar school, William Shakespeare became the most transcendent and influential writer in world literature.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B071WW324R
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ AmazonClassics (15 August 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1216 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 119 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ B086B9V1F4
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William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire and was baptised on 26 April 1564. Thought to have been educated at the local grammar school, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he went on to have three children, at the age of eighteen, before moving to London to work in the theatre. Two erotic poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece were published in 1593 and 1594 and records of his plays begin to appear in 1594 for Richard III and the three parts of Henry VI. Shakespeare's tragic period lasted from around 1600 to 1608, during which period he wrote plays including Hamlet and Othello. The first editions of the sonnets were published in 1609 but evidence suggests that Shakespeare had been writing them for years for a private readership.

Shakespeare spent the last five years of his life in Stratford, by now a wealthy man. He died on 23 April 1616 and was buried in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. The first collected edition of his works was published in 1623.

(The portrait details: The Chandos portrait, artist and authenticity unconfirmed. NPG1, © National Portrait Gallery, London)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing compares to Shakespeare
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Hamlet is another play by shakespeare to which nothing really compares. It is a perfect blend of emotions, story, plot, treachery and what not. It takes the reader through umpteen ups and downs and by the time you finish the book, you feel like you have been on a roller coaster ride where you have lived another life. A must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dê a todos os seus ouvidos, mas somente a poucos sua voz
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