Race and class. Ambition and commitment. Justice and mercy. Perception and deception. Loyalty and betrayal. Othello was probably written in 1603 (the same year as Hamlet) and was performed 1 November 1604, which places it within Shakespeare's early career. The characters, setting, and action in the play are not original. Like many writers of the time, Shakespeare borrowed heavily from existing work. This play is based directly on Un Capitano Moro, “A Moorish Captain,” published in 1565 by Italian writer Cinthio Garaldi. Shakespeare creates his title character as an honorable man, rather than Garaldi's angry, abusive figure and directly counter to common sentiments. Shakespeare's play was first published as a Quarto in 1622, the year before his death. It appeared in slightly longer form in the First Folio of 1632 and has since appeared in every collection of the Works. The volumes on display at SUMA are borrowed from the SUU Matheson Special Collections and the University of Utah. This exhibition was made possible with support from the Utah Shakespeare Festival.