New York: Grove Press, 1967. First Paperback Edition, First Printing. Octavo, 126 pages; VG; spine black with white lettering; mild rubbing and wear to covers; spine slightly cocked; slight curling to corners; Signed flat on ffep by Tom Stoppard; shelved case 0.
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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, often referred to as just Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, is an absurdist, existential tragicomedy by Tom Stoppard, first staged at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1966. The play expands upon the exploits of two minor characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet, the courtiers Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The action of Stoppard's play takes place mainly "in the wings" of Shakespeare's, with brief appearances of major characters from Hamlet who enact fragments of the original's scenes. Between these episodes the two protagonists voice their confusion at the progress of events occurring onstage without them in Hamlet, of which they have no direct knowledge. [wikipedia]