Based on the Second Quarto (1604-05), this all-new Norton Critical Edition is accompanied by explanatory annotations and appendices with passages from the First Quarto (1603) and the Folio (1623). The introduction considers the tragedy as it has taken shape in the theatre, in criticism and in various cultures. There is an "Actors' Gallery". "Contexts" includes selections from relevant books while "Criticism" reprints a range of commentary. A selection of Hamlet's "Afterlives" is included, along with a bibliography.