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The ‘Moor of Venice’, central character of Shakespeare's tragedy (1602–4), shown as a great man and successful soldier who is driven by the machinations of Iago to believe that his young ...

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Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, Anthony Davies, and Will Sharpe

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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4,092 words
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Oxford University Press
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...suit, and to arrange for Othello to find Cassio soliciting Desdemona. 3.1 The next morning Cassio has musicians play outside Othello’s apartments: they are dismissed by a clown, whom Cassio sends to fetch Emilia. Iago arrives and undertakes to lead Othello away while Cassio speaks with Desdemona. A sympathetic Emilia promises to bring Cassio to her. 3.2 Othello arranges to meet Iago at the citadel. 3.3 Desdemona and Emilia promise Cassio to do all they can to persuade Othello to reinstate him: he takes his leave when he sees Othello and Iago approaching, a...

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A Dictionary of Reference and Allusion (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2010
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Language reference
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89 words

... [Shakes.] The main character in the play of the same name ( 1622 ). Othello's ensign *Iago convinces him that his wife *Desdemona is unfaithful to him. Othello, in a state of acute jealousy, smothers Desdemona in her bed. Desdemona is subsequently proved innocent, and Othello, in despair, kills himself, having described himself as ‘one that lov'd not wisely, but too well’. > Someone who feels extreme sexual jealousy SCORPIO:…Jealous as Othello, these dark angels of sexy reputation are formidable lovers—wimps needn't apply. Northern Rivers Echo...

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The Oxford Companion to Food (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2014

... the fanciful name of a sweet tartlet filled with chocolate cream custard. The name was given because Othello was a Moor and supposedly chocolate coloured. The conceit was then carried further; Desdemona is the same thing with white vanilla custard, and Iago with coffee...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music
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34 words

... Overature. for orchestra Op.93, by Dvořák , comp. 1891–2 as 3rd of cycle of 3 ovs. called Nature, Life, and Love , the others being Amid Nature and Carneval . See also Otello...

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The Oxford Companion to Black British History

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History, Regional and National History
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1,172 words

...the central characters: the black Venetian general Othello and his embittered ‘ensign’ Iago. The play is set in an outpost of the Venetian empire, Cyprus, under attack by Turks. Othello, a Blackamoor, who once unflinchingly watched his brother's arm blown off by a cannonball, is vital to the Venetian defence, but he is distracted by Iago, who, frustrated by lack of promotion, leads him to believe that Captain Cassio, a Florentine, is carrying on an affair with the ageing Othello's new wife, Desdemona. Othello's stories of witches and cannibals had enchanted...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

... In Shakespeare’s play that bears his name ( 1604 ), a moor and a general of Venice whose noble character and status are destroyed by his jealousy of his wife desdemona . His murder of her after his discovery of her supposed affair with Cassio is in turn followed by his own...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Performing arts, Dance, Music
Length:
141 words

...Othello Ballet in four acts with choreography and libretto by Chabukiani , music by Aleksey Machavariani , and designs by Simon Virsaladze . Premiered 29 Nov. 1957 (some sources 27 Dec. 1957 ) at the Paliashvili Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Tbilisi, Georgia, with Chabukiani (Othello) and Vera Zignadze (Desdemona). Chabukiani re-staged it for the Kirov in 1960 with himself in the title role and Alla Osipenko as Desdemona. Many other choreographers created versions of Shakespeare 's tragedy, including Salvatore Viganò (Milan, 1818 ), José...

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The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
285 words

... . First performed in America in 1751 by Robert Upton , this tragedy was, along with Hamlet and Richard III , one of the three Shakespearean plays most favored by 19th‐century classic American tragedians. One special reason for the favor seems to have been that they could alternate in the roles of Iago and Othello. For many early 19th‐century Americans, Edmund Kean 's dignified but volatile Moor served as an exemplar, challenged only by the more ferocious, stentorian Moor of Edwin Forrest . Both Junius Brutus Booth and Edwin Booth met marked...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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2015

... ( The Tragoedy of Othello, The Moore of Venice ) Author: William Shakespeare Date/place of 1st performance: c. 1602 , London Date of 1st publication: 1622 Genre: Trag. in 5 acts; blank verse and prose Setting/time of action: Venice and Cyprus, late 16th c. Cast: 10m, 3f, extras Iago, who is angry that Cassio has been promoted above him, determines to destroy his general, the Moor Othello. First, he incites Rodrigo to denounce Othello for having stolen away Desdemona. But Othello reveals before the Venetian Senate how honourable his love...

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An A-Z Guide to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2013

...had particular success as Othello, Charles Macklin and David Garrick as Iago. J. P. Kemble and Mrs. Siddons were popular as Othello and Desdemona for twenty years from 1785 . Othello was one of the greatest roles of Edmund Kean , who played it from 1814 to 1833 , when he collapsed during a performance. W. C. Macready , a fine Iago, played Othello more frequently though less successfully. Samuel Phelps played both roles during most of his long career, scoring particularly as Othello. The first distinguished black Othello seems to have been Ira...

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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2015

... syndrome n . Morbid and irrational jealousy or, if sufficiently severe, jealous delusional disorder . [Named after Shakespeare’s play Othello and the eponymous character whose sexual jealousy leads him to murder his innocent...

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Paul Schlicke

Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
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114 words

... A Shakespearean ‘burlesque burletta’, written by Dickens in 1833 , for private performance by his family and friends. The ‘juvenile indiscretion’ survives only in his father's prompt copy of his role as ‘The Great Unpaid’, seven manuscript pages of doggerel verse and songs written to be sung to popular tunes, which were sold by John dickens in 1842 and are now scattered in several collections. The comic misadventures in Dickens's 1834 sketch, ‘Mrs Joseph Porter, “Over the Way” ’ ( SB ), suggest why a private theatrical production of Othello ...

Othello, the Moor of Venice

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature
Length:
390 words

...to fight with Cassio after he has got him drunk, so that Othello deprives him of his new rank. He then persuades Cassio to ask Desdemona to plead in his favour with Othello, which she warmly does. At the same time he suggests to Othello that Cassio is, and has been, Desdemona's lover, finally arranging through his wife Emilia, who is Desdemona's waiting‐woman, that Othello should see Cassio in possession of a handkerchief which he had given to his bride. Othello is taken in by Iago 's promptings and in frenzied jealousy smothers Desdemona in her bed. Iago sets...

Othello, the Moor of Venice

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Literature
Length:
334 words

...drunk, so that Othello deprives him of his new rank. He then persuades Cassio to ask Desdemona to plead in his favour with Othello, which she warmly does. At the same time he suggests to Othello that Cassio is, and has been, Desdemona's lover, finally arranging through his wife Emilia, who is Desdemona's waiting‐woman, that Othello should see Cassio in possession of a handkerchief which he had given to his bride. Othello is taken in by Iago's promptings and in frenzied jealousy smothers Desdemona in her bed. Iago sets Roderigo to murder Cassio, but when...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2006

... the ‘Moor of Venice’, central character of Shakespeare's tragedy ( 1602–4 ), shown as a great man and successful soldier who is driven by the machinations of Iago to believe that his young wife Desdemona has been unfaithful to him; he kills her, and attempts to have her supposed lover murdered. Othello may be alluded to as a type of morbid...

Othello / ~’s

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The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation

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2016

...Othello / ~’s n ǝ'ɵelo:, ǝ't- / -z sp Othello 40 , Othel-lo 1 / Othello’s 11 ...

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Ov. for orch. Op.93, by Dvořák, comp. 1891–2 as 3rd of cycle of 3 ovs. called Nature, Life, and Love, the others being Amid Nature and Carneval. See also Otello.
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Ballet in four acts with choreography and libretto by Chabukiani, music by Aleksey Machavariani, and designs by Simon Virsaladze. Premiered 29 Nov. 1957 (some sources 27 Dec. 1957) at the Paliashvili ...
Othello

Othello  

The ‘Moor of Venice’, central character of Shakespeare's tragedy (1602–4), shown as a great man and successful soldier who is driven by the machinations of Iago to believe that his young wife ...
Othello syndrome

Othello syndrome  

Morbid and irrational jealousy or, if sufficiently severe, jealous delusional disorder. [Named after Shakespeare's play Othello and the eponymous character whose sexual jealousy leads him to murder ...

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