Othello, a tragedy, written about 1603, is about perceived adultery and murder. Othello is a Moor from northern Africa. The play is set in Venice where he is a general in the Venetian army. Shakespeare based the play on an Italian short story published in 1565.
The play begins with Iago (Othello’s ensign - a low ranking officer) and Roderigo (a Venetian gentleman) going to visit Brabantio (a Venetian senator). Desdemona, his daughter, has eloped with Othello. Roderigo is in love with Desdemona. Iago is fuming about losing a promotion that Othello granted to Cassio.
This annotated edition includes a biography and critical essay.
A young man from a small provincial town moves to London in the late 1580s and, in a remarkably short time, becomes the greatest playwright not of his age alone but of all time. How is an achievement of this magnitude to be explained? Stephen Greenblatt brings us down to earth to see, hear, and feel how an acutely sensitive and talented boy, surrounded by the rich tapestry of Elizabethan life, could have become the world’s greatest playwright.