I decided to start my mission to read all 38 of The Complete Plays of Shakespeare with Othello. It turned out to be a good decision to start with the New Cambridge edition.
I was considering this reading as an academic reading of the bard and it generally took me almost 3 hours of constant reading to get through one average sized (10-15 pages) scene! Even after reading every scene three times – once aloud and twice normally – I still never felt I had enough of it, and moved on to the next only due to the suspense. What genius, what lovely wordplays and what sense of drama and malice. I can’t believe I never had this joy in shakespeare till now.
All in all, it took much longer than originally planned… But then that is the drawback of reading annotated works – had to read every scene three times… But these New Cambridge Editions are gold mines of information, will stick with them for the other plays also. I hope my mission will not take years to complete at this rate…
- Bard labour: Patrick Stewart and Simon Callow tackle Shakespeare the man (guardian.co.uk)
- Shakespeare got to get paid, son. (dontpanictrent.wordpress.com)
- Review: Much Ado spotlights Holy City Shakespeares dedication to the Bard (charlestoncitypaper.com)
- Book #73: Othello by William Shakespeare (jillianreadsbooks2.wordpress.com)
- There is a devil haunts thee (3quarksdaily.com)
- Never Lack for an Insult Again (justificationbygrace.com)
- Nicholas Shakespeare: even I need to brush up my Shakespeare (telegraph.co.uk)
- Casey Donovan finds her inner Bard (williamsonmgt.com.au)