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This 2001 book presents the first modernized and edited version of the 1622 Othello. By taking this earliest published version of Othello as a book in its own right, Scott McMillin accounts for the mystery of its thousands of differences from the Folio version by arguing that the Quarto was printed from a theatre script reflecting cuts and actors' interpolations made in the playhouse. McMillin explains that the playhouse script was apparently taken from dictation by a scribe listening to the actors themselves, and thus reveals how Othello was spoken in seventeenth-century performance. This edition, which consists of a detailed introduction, quarto text, select collation and textual notes, is an important book for scholars in Shakespeare and Elizabethan-Jacobean drama, with wide ramifications for other Shakespeare textual studies and for students of early theatre history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521615945
ISBN-10: 0521615941
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 10mm)
Pages: 162
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 24-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - William Shakespeare

Scott McMillin is Professor of English at Cornell University.

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