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Othello, by William Shakespeare, is part of the Barnes & Noble Shakespeare series. This unique series features newly edited texts prepared by leading scholars from America and Great Britain, in collaboration with one of the world’s foremost Shakespeare authorities, David Scott Kastan of Columbia University. Together they have produced texts as faithful as possible to those that Shakespeare wrote.

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Overview

Othello, by William Shakespeare, is part of the Barnes & Noble Shakespeare series. This unique series features newly edited texts prepared by leading scholars from America and Great Britain, in collaboration with one of the world’s foremost Shakespeare authorities, David Scott Kastan of Columbia University. Together they have produced texts as faithful as possible to those that Shakespeare wrote.

Each volume in the Barnes & Noble Shakespeare includes:

  • New Scholarship – Premiere scholars introduce each play with contemporary scholarship. An essay on editing the text provides an in-depth look at the quartos and folios used in the edition.
  • Contextualizing Essays – Essays on Shakespeare’s England, language, and life, along with essays on performing Shakespeare and significant performances frame the play in both historical and theatrical context for readers. A look at the lasting influence of the play on music, art, film, and dance creates an interdisciplinary framework with which to approach the play.
  • Better Notes – Through one-word margin definitions, facing-page glosses, and longer end notes after the play, our innovative approach to notes pulls readers away from the text fewer times while providing them with more information and comprehensive analysis.
  • Further Reading – An annotated bibliography of titles, hand-selected by the introduction author, takes readers beyond the edition for further reading.

One of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Othello’s portrayal of jealousy and deception remains as shocking today as when it was first written. The editor, Daniel Vitkus, provides an illuminating context for the play, meticulously reconstructing how Shakespeare’s audience might have perceived a tragedy with a black protagonist.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781411400399
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble Shakespeare
  • Publication date: 1/25/2007
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Shakespeare Series
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 126,268
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted November 28, 2009

    An excellent edition of Othello

    This review is not of Othello itself (which is tremendously good), but rather on this edition of Othello (ISBN: 9781411400399), which was edited by Daniel Vitkus and David Scott Kastan.

    I read a lot of heavily annotated books, and I have to say that the Barnes & Noble Shakespeare editions have one of the best book designs I've ever encountered. The various references materials (footnotes and definitions for archaic words) appear in a manner that makes the text very easy to follow.

    The scholarship is also top-notch. The annotations give you enough to make things clear without insulting your intelligence, or without overburdening you with unnecessary detail. The essays are also interesting and informative.

    I've been avoiding Shakespeare ever since high school, which was many years ago. Now that I'm reading him again, I'm glad I'm in such good hands. It is making the experience a joy, rather than a chore.

    My compliments to the editors and the book designer. They have done a superior job of making this difficult text accessible to the modern reader. Highly recommended.

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    ???

    Why give samples of books if the sample is only the introduction or publishers notes? It gives no sample of the actual story itself, so you have no way of knowing how the story is written to see if you understand it. Very annoying.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

    Outstanding edition of a Shakespeare classic

    The story of Othello is one of Shakespeare's best: Iago is the ultimate antagonist you love to hate. On the one hand, it is fascinating to watch him plot, scheme and set his traps. On the other, you are appalled at how quickly Othello turns on his new wife, just on the word of Iago. Shakespeare is the master! The Folger edition is also a classic. These are the editions I bought as a student, and now that I'm teaching Shakespeare, I was delighted that this was the edition my students requested. The edition combines the Folio version and the Quarto version, indicating those words unique to one version. My (middle school) students enjoy the plot summaries at the beginning of each scene and the definitions of unfamiliar words on the left hand page. Definitely a book to keep in your library.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    Take a look

    This is a good book for those who are somewhat familiar with the works of Shakespeare as it provided translation to some of the text (but not all). The beginning gives good insight into Shakespeare.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2008

    Shakespeare's Othello

    I absolutely loved Othello. The love between Othello and Desdemona was beyond comprehension. Shakespeare uses beautiful metaphores and use of language that makes us believe the beauty of love, power of hatred and most of all, jealousy. My all time favorite villain is Iago. Shakespeare gives this particular character its own world. The multiple personality of Iago is very frightening that leads to a great tragedy of this play. Throughout the play, Iago builds his way up to the top and explodes leaving his good side behind. A true Shakespeare classic that will never leave your heart.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    Stop talking in chat

    It is rude for people who want info
    Nook police

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    YES!!!!

    This play was absolutely amazing. It definitely teaches you the result of jealousy without "ocular proof". A great read. I zoomed by it so fast... finished it in two days. Amazing amazing amazing. This addition is absolutely perfect for Shakespeare beginners. :)))
    Whoever said his plays were a bore?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2009

    more from this reviewer

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    My favorite tragedy

    Yes, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth are indeed more famous plays, but Othello deserves more recognition! It's a delightfully convoluted plot, and the characters are so believable. Plus, the dialogue is beautiful, and it deals with a problem relevant to today's society:racism. So, yeah, read this play.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2014

    Slither

    He then slithered out of camp because he has some spying to do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2014

    Thistlefang

    "Im not apart of this camp. So it doesnt apply to me. She did say no killing though." He told shoin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2014

    Shion

    She sighed awaiting for Thistlefang to answer his mothers Question.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2014

    Misery

    He looked at Pain and Crystal slightly confused,"Why are you two acting differently?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2014

    Thistlefang

    He leaped on devils back. "Why are you such a kill joy?!" He whined in her ear.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2014

    Devil

    She looked at them, "No answers? Then fine this problem is deleted. Act like the days problems NEVER happened." She glared at Thistlefang, Crystal, and Shion, "On the other hand. You will all be required between if you want to or not to do a bio."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2014

    Pain

    He sat and grinned seeing the conflict still being a pain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2014

    Crystal

    She heeded Devils words and looked at him as if he was crazy. Then to Devil,"Where would tou like them?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2014

    To Shom

    Hey how was your day?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2014

    Devil

    She waites for Silvermoonstar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    Torere

    He looked blankly at Silvermoonstar, "I would advise we get help."

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