Textual Material

  • Hypertext Edition of Hamlet, a public domain edition keyed to the line numbering of Sylvan Barnet's Signet Edition by Michael Best of the University of Victoria, Canada.
  • Online Texts of the First and Second Quartos and the First Folio, edited by Michael Best of the University of Victoria, Canada.
  • The First Folio Version, from the University of Virginia Electronic Text Center.
  • The Enfolded Hamlet, Bernice Kliman's compilation of the Second Quarto and the First Folio, similar to The Three-Text Hamlet, by Kliman and Bertram, but without the so-called "Bad Quarto." You can read Q2 and F1 together as a composite, color-coded text or separately as individual texts. Kliman also supplies a list of variants for each version separate from the texts themselves ("Q2 Only" and "F1 Only").
  • "The Relation Between the Second Quarto and the Folio Text of Hamlet", an essay by Harold Jenkins, editor of The Arden Shakespeare, originally published in Studies in Bibliography, Volume 7 (1955): 69-83.
  • Treasures in Full: Shakespeare in Quarto, graphic files of "the British Library's 93 copies of the 21 plays by Shakespeare printed in quarto before the theatres were closed in 1642," along with background information and analysis of how the texts were changed after the theaters reopened in 1660.
  • Saxo Grammaticus, the complete Historica Danica, also referred to as the Gesta Danorum, of Saxo the Learned, in English translation by Oliver Elton, part of Douglas B. Killings's Online Medieval and Classical Library. This is the oldest surviving version of the story of Hamlet (here "Amleth"). The Amleth portions of Saxo's story are in Book Three and Book Four. You can also read an edited translation of the Amleth portions alone in a translation by Professor Emeritus D. L. Ashliman of the University of Pittsburgh here (be aware that there are a few potentially confusing typographical errors, including inconsistent spellings of characters' names).
  • Belleforest's Hamblet, the 1608 English translation of the Hamlet portions of Belleforest's Histoires Tragiques. This text seems to have been scanned with highly unreliable OCR software, so it is full of errors that sometimes make nonsense of the text, but it is currently the only online version available.