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Re: Othello's Name
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2447  Thursday, 25 October 2001

From:           Christopher Paul <
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Date:           Wednesday, 24 Oct 2001 22:33:31 -0300
Subject: 12.2429 Re: Othello's Name
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2429 Re: Othello's Name

> Monica,
>
> Wells and Taylor date Othello (1) 1603 - 1604, which, if correct, would
> make rather a problem with the 1605 date.  The play was entered into the
> Stationer's Register in November 1604.  When considering a problem like
> this, one must consider that Shakespeare influenced the book you
> mentioned, not the other way around.
>
> (1) Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor with John Jowett and William
> Montgomery, *William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion* (Oxford: Claredon
> Press, 1987.  Pp. 126, 476-478.)
>
> Mike Jensen

Mr. Jensen seems to be confusing the Stationers' Registration date with
that of the first recorded performance of *Othello*, which was 1
November, 1604.  The SR entry was 6 October, 1621.  Q1 of course came
out in 1622.  F 1623.

--Christopher Paul

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