Othello (Norton Critical Editions) annotated edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0393976151
ISBN-10: 0393976157
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Edward Pechter is Professor Of English at Victoria University. He is the author of Othello and Interpretive Traditions, What Was Shakespeare? Renaissance Plays and Changing Critical Practice, and Dryden’s Classical Theory of Literature. He is editor of Textual and Theatrical Shakespeare: Questions of Evidence.

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  • Series: Norton Critical Editions
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; annotated edition edition (December 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393976157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393976151
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. William probably went to the King's New School in Stratford, but he had no university education. In November 1582, at the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior, who was pregnant with their first child, Susanna. She was born on May 26, 1583. Twins, a boy, Hamnet ( who would die at age eleven), and a girl, Judith, were born in 1585. By 1592 Shakespeare had gone to London working as an actor and already known as a playwright. A rival dramatist, Robert Greene, referred to him as "an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers." Shakespeare became a principal shareholder and playwright of the successful acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain's Men (later under James I, called the King's Men). In 1599 the Lord Chamberlain's Men built and occupied the Globe Theater in Southwark near the Thames River. Here many of Shakespeare's plays were performed by the most famous actors of his time, including Richard Burbage, Will Kempe, and Robert Armin. In addition to his 37 plays, Shakespeare had a hand in others, including Sir Thomas More and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and he wrote poems, including Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. His 154 sonnets were published, probably without his authorization, in 1609. In 1611 or 1612 he gave up his lodgings in London and devoted more and more time to retirement in Stratford, though he continued writing such plays as The Tempest and Henry VII until about 1613. He died on April 23 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. No collected edition of his plays was published during his life-time, but in 1623 two members of his acting company, John Heminges and Henry Condell, put together the great collection now called the First Folio.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CaddyCompson on February 23, 2012
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For anybody who hasn't read Shakespeare in a while, you might consider Othello. With memorable lines (like "I loved not wisely but too well..."), the play takes a very personal look at envy and jealousy on the domestic scene. Yes, Othello is a great prince and a warrior who has made himself irreplaceable to Venice. Yes, he is a Moor of royal background, meaning that he was exotic and black and to Shakespeare's 17th c. audience was seen as an Other, an outsider who wanted to be accepted enough to convert to Christianity. Desdemona, wealthy daughter of Brabantio, was a great catch for an ambitious man wanting to make his mark. The fact that Othello loved her completely made her the whole package.

Desdemona was fair and beautiful, and although Othello was perceived as an outsider and black, he was admired by most Venetians for his courage and nobility. Iago, however, hated Othello, and his motivations for his actions have made for many good discussions, although it is generally accepted that his sociopathic character suggests that he loves the thrill of wallowing in evil. Iago is the ultimate manipulator; he gets most of the characters in the play to do his bidding and to bring about the utter destruction of Othello and Desdemona, as well as most of the minor characters. By making Othello erroneously believe that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio, and as Othello's trusted right hand man, Iago gets rid of everybody he envies and hates. The play is powerful and tragic, as Othello realizes that he had wronged Desdemona and dies without ever knowing why Iago wanted to destroy him. The audience can see why, however, and as we watch Iago's plot unfold before our eyes, only we understand how it all happened as we watch Iago's deadly plot work itself out.
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By Kelli Hopchas on November 16, 2014
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