Zachary Lesser. “Hamlet” after Q1: An Uncanny History of the Shakespearean Text. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014.292 p., 27 ill. ISBN 9780812246612. US $59.95 / GBP £52.00 (hardcover).
Zachary Lesser begins “Hamlet” after Q1: An Uncanny History of the Shakespearean Text with an account of Sir Henry Bunbury’s discovery of the volume containing the infamous “bad quarto” of Hamlet to introduce a story Lesser tells the reader will deal with “loss, destruction, and reconstruction” (1). Lesser explores the rather strange and indeed uncanny history of Q1 and its troubled relationship with the Q2 and 1623 Folio versions of the play.