Othello (William Shakespeare)



ISBN: 9780743477553Number of Pages: 368
Publisher: Simon & SchusterBook Title: Othello
Publication Year: 2004Target Audience: Trade
Author: William ShakespeareReading Age: 18+


Othello is one of the four tragedies written by William Shakespeare, which was written in about 1603. This play was first performed in Whitehall Palace in London on November 1, 1604.

The work tells that Othello is a brave man in the Principality of Venice. He fell in love with the elder’s daughter, Desdemona. The marriage was not allowed because there was too much age difference between the two. The two had to marry privately.

One of Othello’s insidious flag officers, Lago, wanted to kill Othello. He first blabbed to the elder, but unexpectedly, he facilitated the marriage.

He also stirred up Othello’s feelings with Desdemona, saying that another deputy, Cassio, had an unusual relationship with Desdemona, and forged the so-called love token. Othello believed it and strangled his wife in anger.

When he learned the truth, he pulled out his sword to kill himself and fell beside Desdemona.

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About the Author

William Shakespeare (April 23, 1564 – April 23, 1616), is a playwright and poet in the English Renaissance. It is known as “Zeus on Mount Olympus”.

On April 23, 1564, Shakespeare was born in Stratford, Warwickshire, England. From 1571 to 1579, he entered the Stratford Grammar School. In 1587, he began his acting career and try to write scripts.

In 1591, his plays Henry VI, Part II and Henry VI Part III premiered. In 1592, the drama Richard III was first performed. In 1595, his plays Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream premiered.

In 1596, the drama Merchant of Venice was performed for the first time. In 1601, the play Hamlet was first performed, which attracted the attention of the literary world.

In 1603, the drama Othello was performed for the first time. In 1605, the drama King Lear was performed for the first time. In 1606, the play Macbeth was performed for the first time.

In 1614, he left London and returned to his hometown. On April 23, 1616, he died in his hometown.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Epistemology and Tragedy: a Reading of Othello Stanley Cavell
  • Beyond Comedy: Othello Susan Snyder
  • The Improvisation of Power Stephen Greenblatt
  • Othello’s Occupation: Shakespeare and the Romance of Chivalry Mark Rose
  • Women and Men in Othello Carol Thomas Neely
  • Shakespeare and Rhetoric: “”””Dilation”””” and “”””Delation”””” in Othello Patricia Parker
  • Othello Anthony Hecht
  • Chronology
  • Contributors
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index