If you haven't already seen the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis production of Othello in Forest Park, there's still time to read or reread the play before you go. The library has several editions of this unsettling tragedy, including one that features the original text displayed side-by-side with a translation into contemporary English. Many of these books have introductory essays and notes throughout to make the play more readable for the non-academic.
For readers who enjoy classic tales reimagined, a new novel tells the story of Othello from the point of view of treacherous Iago. Nicole Galland's "I, Iago" attempts to soften the image of Shakespeare's great villain. Another Othello-inspired novel is David Snodin's "Iago." Snodin's book is intended as a sequel to Othello and opens with Iago's escape from prison.
You'll be ready for whatever play is chosen for next year if you check out "Shakespeare: the essential guide to the plays: plots, characters, quotes, history" which provides clear general overviews of all the plays.
--Jennifer A., Headquarters