A popular soldier and newly married man, Othello seems to be in an enviable position. And yet, when his supposed friend sows doubts in his mind about his wife's fidelity, he is gradually consumed by suspicion. In this powerful tragedy, innocence is corrupted and trust is eroded as every relationship is drawn into a tangled web of jealousies.
William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright of the 16th and 17 centuries, now widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the word's pre-eminent dramatist. Stanley Wells is the General Editor of the Penguin Shakespeare. He is Emeritus Professor of the University of Birmingham and Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Tom McAlindon is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Hull. He is the author of six books on the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, including Shakespeare's Tudor History (2001), Shakespeare's Tragic Cosmos (1991), and English Renaissance Tragedy (1986).