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Othello

by William Shakespeare

Bloomsbury UK Academic | May 12, 2009 | Hardcover

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In a period of ten years, Shakespeare wrote a series of tragedies that established him, by universal consent, in the front rank of the worldas dramatists. Critics have praised either Hamlet or King Lear as the greatest of these; Ernst Honigmann, in the most significant edition of the play for a generation, asks: why not Othello? The third of the mature tragedies, it contains, as Honigmann persuasively demonstrates, perhaps the best plot, two of Shakespeareas most original characters, the most powerful scene in any of the plays and poetry second to none. Honigmannas cogent and closely argued introduction outlines the reasons both for a reluctance to recognize the greatness of Othello and for the case against the play. This edition sheds new light on the text of the play as we have come to know it, and on our knowledge of its early history. Honigmann examines the major critical issues, the play in performance and the relationship between reading it and seeing it. He also explores topics such as its date, sources and the conundrum of adouble timea. ''Honigmann''s extensive knowledge illuminates this play at every turn, making this the best edition of Othello now available.'' Brian Vickers, Review of English Studies

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 432 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 in

Published: May 12, 2009

Publisher: Bloomsbury UK Academic

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1904271138

ISBN - 13: 9781904271130

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Othello

by William Shakespeare

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 432 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 in

Published: May 12, 2009

Publisher: Bloomsbury UK Academic

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1904271138

ISBN - 13: 9781904271130

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In a period of ten years, Shakespeare wrote a series of tragedies that established him, by universal consent, in the front rank of the worldas dramatists. Critics have praised either Hamlet or King Lear as the greatest of these; Ernst Honigmann, in the most significant edition of the play for a generation, asks: why not Othello? The third of the mature tragedies, it contains, as Honigmann persuasively demonstrates, perhaps the best plot, two of Shakespeareas most original characters, the most powerful scene in any of the plays and poetry second to none. Honigmannas cogent and closely argued introduction outlines the reasons both for a reluctance to recognize the greatness of Othello and for the case against the play. This edition sheds new light on the text of the play as we have come to know it, and on our knowledge of its early history. Honigmann examines the major critical issues, the play in performance and the relationship between reading it and seeing it. He also explores topics such as its date, sources and the conundrum of adouble timea. ''Honigmann''s extensive knowledge illuminates this play at every turn, making this the best edition of Othello now available.'' Brian Vickers, Review of English Studies

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William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare
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