George Lyman Kittredge’s insightful editions of Shakespeare have endured in part because of his eclecticism, his diversity of interests, and his wide-ranging accomplishments—all of which are reflected in the valuable notes in each volume. The plays in the New Kittredge Shakespeare series retain their original Kittredge notes and introductions, changed or augmented only when some modernization seems necessary. These new editions also include introductory essays by contemporary editors, notes on the plays as they have been performed on stage and film, and additional student materials. These plays are being made available by Focus Publishing with the permission of the Kittredge heirs.
Believed to have been written in 1603, Shakespeare's Othello is a tragedy that puts the playwright's prodigious creative gifts on full display. Based loosely on a Renaissance-era Italian tale, Othello follows the stormy relationship of the Moorish general Othello and his lovely wife Desdemona. Addressing timeless themes of love and betrayal, as well as surprisingly contemporary concepts such as race-based stereotypes, Othello is a satisfying read for modern-day fans of the Bard.
In Othello, 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:
-The exact text of the printed book for easy cross-reference -Hundreds of hypertext links for instant navigation -Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play -Full explanatory notes conveniently linked to the text of the play -Scene-by-scene plot summaries -A key to the play’s famous lines and phrases -An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language -An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play -Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books -An annotated guide to further reading
Essay by Susan Snyder
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40 of William Shakespeare's major works in one collection with active table of contents: All's Well That Ends Well Antony and Cleopatra The Comedy of Errors The Tragedie of Coriolanus Cymbeline The Tragedie of Hamlet The First Part of Henry the Fourth The Second Part of Henry the Fourth The Life of Henry the Fift The first Part of Henry the Sixt The second Part of Henry the Sixt The third Part of Henry the Sixt Julius Caesar The Life of Henry VIII King John The Tragedy of King Lear The Tragedy of King Richard II The Life and Death of King Richard III A Lover's Complaint Love's Labour's Lost Macbeth Measure for Measure The Merchant of Venice The Merry Wives of Windsor A Midsummer Night's Dream Much Ado About Nothing Othello, the Moor of Venice The Passionate Pilgrim The Rape of Lucrece Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare's Sonnets The Taming of the Shrew The Tempest The Life of Timon of Athens The Tragedie of Titus Andronicus The History of Troilus and Cressida Twelfth Night The Two Gentlemen of Verona VENUS AND ADONIS The Winter's Tale Illustrated with 10 unique illustrations.
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