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Othello Retold
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0921  Tuesday, 13 May 2003

From:           John Ramsay <
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Date:           Monday, 12 May 2003 14:58:00 -0400
Subject:        Othello Retold

Isabel Wolff's latest novel 'Out of the Blue' was inspired by WS's
'Othello'.

In an interview Wolff said: 'In that play, Othello is a heroic black
general whose white 'friend' Iago, plants the seeds of suspicion about
Othello's wife, Desdemona...What I've done is to invert this so that in
'Out of the Blue' the Othello character, Faith, is white, and the
brilliant Machiavel, Lily  - whose surname is Jago, echoes Iago - is
black, because it is Iago who is by far the more powerful and
interesting character, and Lily is far more interesting and powerful
than Faith.

John Ramsay

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