Othello (Folger Shakespeare Library) (Paperback)
Simon & Schuster, 9781501146299, 416pp.
Publication Date: June 13, 2017
Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback, Large Print (8/7/2006)
Hardcover, Large Print (1/1/2007)
In Othello, William Shakespeare creates powerful drama from a marriage between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona that begins with elopement and mutual devotion and ends with jealous rage and death. Shakespeare builds many differences into his hero and heroine, including race, age, and cultural background. Yet most readers and audiences believe the couple’s strong love would overcome these differences were it not for Iago, who sets out to destroy Othello. Iago’s false insinuations about Desdemona’s infidelity draw Othello into his schemes, and Desdemona is subjected to Othello’s horrifying verbal and physical assaults.
The authoritative edition of Othello from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes:
—Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play
—Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
—Scene-by-scene plot summaries
—A key to famous lines and phrases
—An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language
—Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books
—An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
About the Author
Barbara A. Mowat is Director of Research emerita at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Consulting Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, and author of The Dramaturgy of Shakespeare’s Romances and of essays on Shakespeare’s plays and their editing.
Paul Werstine is Professor of English at the Graduate School and at King’s University College at Western University. He is a general editor of the New Variorum Shakespeare and author of Early Modern Playhouse Manuscripts and the Editing of Shakespeare and of many papers and articles on the printing and editing of Shakespeare’s plays.