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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1201  Wednesday, 30 June 1999.

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Subject:        New on the SHAKSPER Fileserver: REVISED.OTHELLO

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Evidence of Revision in Othello
by
Pervez Rizvi

[This article was published in Notes and Queries, vol. 45,
no. 3 (September 1998) and is reproduced here, with minor
changes, by permission of Oxford University Press. Numbers
in square brackets refer to end notes.]

Othello exists in two authoritative versions: the first
quarto (Q) published in 1622 and the Folio (F) of 1623.
Current scholarly opinion on the relationship between Q
and F is summarised thus in the Oxford Textual Companion
[1]:

"[Q] represents a scribal copy of foul papers.
F represents a scribal copy of Shakespeare's own revised
manuscript of the play.
F therefore brings us closer to Shakespeare's final text
than [Q].
[Q's] scribe obliterated fewer authorial characteristics
than F's."
 

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