by William Shakespeare
Hamlet—melancholic, inhibited, and unable to love—shows us the crossroads between life and death, between narcissism and desire. The demand for un-adulterated life, for the absence of defect, the doing away with loss in the guise of a plea for satisfaction and happiness arises like a “cursed spite” that he cannot set right.
–(The Hamlet Doctrine)
Undoubtedly Shakespeare’s most famous play, Hamlet remains both an extremely enduring and equally enigmatic piece of Western literature.
The story of Hamlet, the young Prince of Denmark, his tortured relationship with his mother, and his quest to avenge his father’s murder at the hand of his brother brother Claudius has fascinated readers and audiences ever since it was written around 1600.
But this is not an ordinary Hamlet. This edition is a heavily marked-up facsimile of the book belonging to Simon Critchley, co-author (with Jamieson Webster) of The Hamlet Doctrine. It reveals the philosopher’s intense engagement with the play, and shows in real time the creative process behind his work. Simon Critchley’s Hamlet marginalia pull back the curtain on one of our most intriguing and original thinkers—and the practice itself of conversing with a text.
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SIMON CRITCHLEY is Hans Jonas Professor at the New School for Social Research. His books include Very Little…Almost Nothing (1997), Infinitely Demanding (2007), The Book of Dead Philosophers (2009) and The Faith of the Faithless (2012). Recent works include a novella, Memory Theatre, a book-length essay, Notes on Suicide and studies of David Bowie and Football. A book on the Greeks will be published in 2019. He is series moderator of ‘The Stone’, a philosophy column in The New York Times and co-editor of The Stone Reader (2016). He is also 50% of an obscure musical combo called Critchley & Simmons. Their new album, Moderate or Good, Occasionally Poor, was recently released.