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Othello: The Oxford Shakespeare: The Moor of Venice

ISBN : 9780199535873

William Shakespeare; Michael Neill
512 Pages
128 x 196 mm
Pub date
Apr 2008
Oxford World's Classics


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  • The first scholarly edition of Othello to give full attention to the play's bold treatment of racial themes, which make it a work of particular interest to theatre directors and scholars alike.
  • The text has been freshly edited, collating the 1622 Quarto and the 1623 Folio, and also making full use of the Second Quarto (1632).
  • The extensive introduction stresses the public dimensions of the tragedy, paying particular attention to its treatment of colour and social relations.
  • Extensive performance history, designed to meet the needs of theatre professionals and students.
  • Appendices on dating problems, music in the play, and a fresh translation of the Italian novella from which the story derives, Giraldi Cinthio's Hecatommithi
  • Detailed commentary alerts readers to the play's theatrical life, as well as its rich language and word-play.

The Oxford Shakespeare
General Editor: Stanley Wells
The Oxford Shakespeare offers authoritative texts from leading scholars in editions designed to interpret and illuminate the plays for modern readers
 A new, modern-spelling text, collated and edited from all existing printings
- Extensive introduction gives full attention to the play's bold treatment of racial themes, gender, and social relations
- Detailed performance history designed to meet the needs of theatre professionals
- On-page commentary and notes explain language, word-play, and staging
- Appendices on music in the play and a full translation of the Italian novella from which the story derives
- Illustrated with production photographs and related art
- Full index to introduction and commentary
- Durable sewn binding for lasting use
'not simply a better text but a new conception of Shakespeare. This is a major achievement of twentieth-century scholarship.' 
ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

About the author: 

William Shakespeare
Edited by Michael Neill, Professor of English, University of Auckland

Michael Neill has also edited Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra for the Oxford Shakespeare.

"...For the wealth of helpful material and stimulating ideas this is surely the most valuable edition of Shakespeare's disturbing and controversial tragedy available today." - Dieter Mehl, Archiv

"The text of this edition is close to perfect" - Eric Rasmussen

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