This is the first modernized and edited version of the 1622 text of Othello. It consists of a detailed introduction, quarto text, select collation and textual notes and 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.Read more
- The first modernized and edited version of the 1622 Othello
- Accounts for the mystery of why the Othello Quarto differs from the better-known Folio version on thousands of points
- An important book for scholars in Shakespeare and Elizabethan-Jacobean drama
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"[McMillin's] challenging introduction makes a keen case for rethinking not only the relation between the two printed texts and their manuscript progenitors but also for the relation among writing, performance and print in the early modern theater." Studies in English LiteratureSee more reviews
"This new edition, using modernized spelling and offering substantive textual and collation notes, makes the First Quarto (Q1) accessible for study or performance in nearly original form. Essential for theater practicioners and historians as wel as students and scholars of Shakespeare." Choice
"There have been published facsimilies, but Scott McMillin's The First Quarto of Othello is the first modernized and edited version of the 1622 original.... citations in the introduction are plentiful and clearly documented.... university students of Shakespeare and of textual bibliography will find editions in this Early Quartos series both accessible and illuminating." Sixteenth Century Journal
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- Date Published: April 2005
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521615945
- length: 162 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 10 mm
- weight: 0.25kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Abbreviations and conventions
Introduction: the textual problem
Q1 and foul papers
Greg sets the standard
Economy in the New Bibliography
Revision or abridgement
New evidence of foul papers?
Grounds for doubt
Walkley, Okes and the 'Cameron Group'
Scribal punctuation and the Barnavelt Manuscript
Other King's-Men plays, 1619–22
Dictation in the theatres
Date of the Q1 playscript
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