Synopses & Reviews
In this tragedy by William Shakespeare, the heroic Moor of Venice is driven to suspicion and finally murderous rage against his true love Desdemona by the cunning and hateful Iago.
This edition features an overview of Shakespeare's works by Sylvan Barnet, former Chairman of the English Department at Tufts University, as well as a comprehensive stage and screen history, dramatic criticism from the past and present, and sources from which Shakespeare derived this great work.
A discussion of the sources and historical background of the play accompanies the text and critical commentaries.
The Signet Classics edition of William Shakespeare's Othello, a disturbing exploration of jealousy and wrath.
Tragedy takes hold as the cunning and hateful Iago drives the heroic Moor of Venice first to suspicion, then to homicidal rage against his love Desdemona, in one of the Bard's darkest plays.
This revised Signet Classics edition includes unique features such as:
- An overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater
- A special introduction to the play by the editor, Alvin Kernan
- Selections from Giraldi Cinthio's Hecatommithi, the source from which Shakespeare drived Othello
- Dramatic criticism from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Maynard Mack, and others
- A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions
- Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable text
- And more...
Unique features include an extensive overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of Signet Classic Shakespeare series, plus a special introduction to the play by the editor Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University. This book contains information on the source from which Shakespeare derived "Othello"--selections from Giraldi Cinthio's "Hecatommithi." Special introduction by Alvin Kernan, Princeton University.
Table of Contents
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: [Comments on ?Othello?]
Maynard Mack: The Jacobean Shakespeare: Some Observations on the Construction of the Tragedies
Madelon Gholke Sprengnether: ?I wooed thee with my sword?: Shakespeare?s Tragic Paradigms
Sylvan Barnet: ?Othello? on the Stage and Screen
NEWLY ADDED ESSAYS:
Marvin Carlson: Othello in Vienna, 1991