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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (Aug. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743482824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743482820
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #437,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, on England’s Avon River. When he was eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. The couple had three children—their older daughter Susanna and the twins, Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet, Shakespeare’s only son, died in childhood. The bulk of Shakespeare’s working life was spent, not in Stratford, but in the theater world of London, where he established himself professionally by the early 1590s. He enjoyed success not only as a playwright, but as an actor and shareholder in an acting company. Sometime between 1610 and 1613, Shakespeare is thought to have retired from the stage and returned home to Stratford, where he died in 1616.

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What is more inticing than a story involving war-like patrons and scandal? This book has been absolutely entertaining and suspensful to read. It was stunning how many false stories, insinuations, and accussations the character "Iago" had set up from the beginning to the end. There were also so many other character types such as the pawn-like Roderigo, the seemingly calm yet furiously jealous Othello, the bleeding-heart of Desdemona, the honorable Cassio, and more! It was amazing how Iago had actually set up his false stories from the very beginning of the novel where he first employes Roderigo as his foolish pawn. The only factor of this book that was somewhat unsettling was how easily swayed Othello had gotten from Iago's insinuations. To a certain point, it almost seemed unrealistic. For example, towards the end of the play, when Iago retrieves the seemingly precious and invaluable handkercheif and uses it to make it seem that Cassio had recently been with Desdemona, that seems to be a little bit illogical. Just because Othello finds that Cassion has been holding the precious handkercheif doesn't abosuletly mean the Desdemona has been unfaithful. However, some could argue that the heavy pile of insinuations and false stories/accusations that Iago has placed on Othello could be seen as reason enough for Othello's furious rage and jealous behavior. All in all, though, this book has been quite pleasing. The amount of scandal (scandal as in the falsness of Iago) has been enough to please anyone looking for a suspensful tragedy to read.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Shakespeare's best Villain June 25 2005
By R. J. Marsella - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Is there any other character in all of literature who is as calculatingly evil as Shakespeare's Iago? His jealousy over being passed over in favor of Cassio engenders a revengeful scheme that turns jealousy into a weapon used to destroy the noble Othello. Here innocence and trust is contrasted with pure manipulation and evil in what is one of Shakespeare's most revealing tragedies. The characters act exactly as they would be expected to based on the overriding quality that they represent. Othello is wonderful Shakespearean drama that ranks among his greatest works.

The Folger Library editions are my favorite. Each page has a facing page that explains obscure terms and helps as a handy reference to make reading the plays pleasurable and educational. These paperback editions of Shakespeare's works are a great value and fit in your pocket.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Excellent copy of Othello July 17 2008
By bookrabbit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I've been using the Folger library series for years now, and although the Norton Critical edition has its place, the Folger edition cannot be beat for clarity and accessibility. Pay the extra couple of bucks for the 5.5 x 8
paperback rather than the smaller mass market paperback. The paper quality and illustrations are far superior in the larger version.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
An Astounding Listening Experience March 30 2002
By Nicholas Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the 1944 studio recording of the legendary stage production of "Othello" which starred Robeson & Ferrer.
Both of their interpretations may be a little more declamatory than modern tastes are accustomed to, but there is no doubt as to their effectiveness, variety and power. As to Uta Hagen's Desdemona: wonderful. The recording itself is of excellent quality - the balance captures the full mid-range and depth of Robeson's formidable bass and Ferrer's sinuous baritone. The mastering more than does justice to it and is from nearly pristine sources. In brief: If your curiosity is at all piqued by this disc you should get it, no question. Listen to it with the lights out and bask in the sheer glory - especially Act II, scene III and the final scene.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
For my students April 17 2013
By Rocco Dormarunno - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As I have written in previous reviews of editions of Shakespeare's plays, the Folger Shakespeare Library is the most accessible for my students to use and for me to teach from. This "Othello" is no exception.

Of course, there is the play itself which students enjoy more than most of the Bard's works. It has a little of something for students to discuss and to analyze for their papers: racism, power, jealousy (Othello's), jealousy (Iago's), good, evil, love, intrigue... What makes this edition preferable for students is the face-to-face footnoting and explications. Students appreciate not having to flip to the back of the book or have the bottom of the page (and, therefore, the flow of the reading) cut through by footnotes.

And finally, there is the price. The Folger Shakespeare Library is always reasonably priced. This is a huge factor when you consider what students are already paying for their education.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The CD--(double, looks like a DVD) is as clear as if it were from a performance given yesterday. Nov. 13 2008
By Julie Vognar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
"Put up your bright swords, or the dew will rust them!"

"Oh thou weed, that smellst so sweet that the senses ache at thee...I'll smell it on the tree..."

Paul Robeson not only has the most wonderful voice, but is a superb actor as well. His deep, flexible, expressive tones seem to be going exactly where they are inclined to go, instead of where a man writing over 400 years ago, in what we call "Shakespearian English" (closer to ours than middle English--but not quite there) dictated. Uta Hagen ("and I remain behind, a moth of peace...Let me go with him!") is also perfect.

When I first got the 33 1/3 RPM record (as close to 1950 as possible), I loved Jose Ferrer as Iago, with his India-rubber ball voice, best of all. He is great, but sometimes I find his scenes with Othello so insinuating (after he has begun to feed Othello his "poison" Othello: "Well then--I do believe-- Desdemona's honest." Iago: "Long live she so! And long live you to [very insinuating] think so." One sometimes wonders at Othello's gullibility [which is of course part of his character..but still...]} Iago floats over his "motive-hunting of motiveless malignancy" to perfection. Everything moves toward its inevitable conclusion, with Iago pushing, pulling, tacking, fashioning "the net/ that shall enmesh them all."

I was too young to see this performance (8 in 1943); it's one of many things I wish I could go back in time for.

If you can enjoy listening to a Shakespeare play, instead of watching it--do yourself a good turn, and get this one!