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A Synoptic Hamlet: A Critical-Synoptic Edition of the Second Quarto and First Folio Texts of Hamlet
Jesús Tronch Pérez
Sederi & Servei de Publicacions de l'Universitat de València
ISBN 84-370-5381-1

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Preface, by Bernice W. Kliman
0. Introduction
1. Accounts of the Texts and Their Transmission
1.1 Theoretical premises
1.2 Date of composition
1.4 First Quarto 1603 (Q1)
1.5 Second Quarto 1604/5 (Q2) and First Folio (F1)
1.6 Overviews and Final Assessment

2. The Present Edition
2.1 Editorial justification in the context of general and Shakespearean editing
2.2 The synoptic presentation of the text
2.3 Editorial principles and procedures
2.4 Annotation
2.5 Post-script

3. Critical-Synoptic Edition of the Second Quarto and Folio Texts of "Hamlet"
3.1 Conventions and abbreviations used
3.2 [Notes and critical-synoptic text]
3.3 The Names of the Actors
3.4 Long Notes

4. Bibliography
An alternative response to the editorial problems of this multiple-text play. Like most critical editions, it presents the early texts in a manner helpful to the general reader by modernizing spelling and punctuation, and emending nonsensical readings. However, it does not hide the text's diversity by exclusively selecting readings from either the Second Quarto or the First Folio in order to reconstruct a single-reading version corresponding to the authentic "Hamlet". Rather, it makes their significant variants immediately available in the line itself (offering alternative editorial interpretations of identical or similar reading at certain points). Thus the reader can have a direct appreciation of the divergence and similarity between these early texts from which the "Hamlet" of today is known.