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'To be or not to be' speech from Q2

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Shakespeare's Hamlet: The Second Quarto, 1604. San Marino, Calif.: Huntington Library, 1938.
Call Number: (SPL)(SHAK) PR 2750 .B07 1938
Shakespeare Research Collection, Golda Meir Library

Q2 was issued shortly after the publication of Q1. The title page claims this version to be "newly imprinted and enlarged . . . according to the true and perfect Coppie," obviously to establish its authenticity as well as the lack of authority of Q1. It is of interest to compare Hamlet's "To be, or not to be" as given here, with the text of the soliloquy in Q1 and/or the First Folio text.


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