The Duchess of Malfi: Fifth Edition [NOOK Book]

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A major revision of this classic revenge tragedy. The comprehensive introduction covers recent developments in criticism and key theatre productions, as well as relating the play to other early modern tragedies. The edition gives students and teachers a reliable, annotated text and a stimulating overview of the play's context, critical perspectives and an exploration of its stage history. An invaluable resource for study and performance.
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The Duchess of Malfi: Fifth Edition

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Overview

A major revision of this classic revenge tragedy. The comprehensive introduction covers recent developments in criticism and key theatre productions, as well as relating the play to other early modern tragedies. The edition gives students and teachers a reliable, annotated text and a stimulating overview of the play's context, critical perspectives and an exploration of its stage history. An invaluable resource for study and performance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472571595
  • Publisher: BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING
  • Publication date: 2/27/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Little is known of John Webster's life. He was born in c. 1580 to a London coachmaker, and appears to have studied law at the Middle Temple. Although he is recorded as the author of several other works, including a history play, Lady Jane, his only surviving works are Westward Ho! and Northward Ho! (1604-05), written in collaboration with Thomas Dekker, the comedy The Devil's Law Case (1620), and two tragic masterpieces, The White Devil (1612) and The Duchess of Malfi (1614). With their eloquent poetry and superbly crafted plots, the two plays are amongst the most compelling of Jacobean revenge tragedies. Nevertheless, Webster has often been criticized for the violence and morbidity of his work: George Bernard Shaw called him the "Tussaud Laureate " of English literature, while Rupert Brooke described his plays as "full of the feverish and ghastly turmoil of a nest of maggots". Both The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi have enjoyed frequent modern revivals.
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Abbreviations - Further Reading - THE DUCHESS OF MALFI
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