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Three Plays: The White Devil; The Duchess of Malfi; The Devil's Law-Case

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Webster is no longer seen as a macabre sensationalist but a great dramatist and poet, posessed of a deep and rich tragic vision.

The turmoil, both spiritual and social, of the seventeenth century and its resultant pessimism are clearly visible in the brutal world of Webster's plays. Accused of revelling in the charnel-house and the torture-chamber, Webster in fact shows him

Paperback, 464 pages
Published January 30th 1973 by Penguin Classics (first published January 1st 1972)
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Webster is often thought of as the brutal playwright after Shakespeare. And there is a lot of violence in Webster's plays, that being said, they are well-crafted and entertaining in ways that would seem familiar to modern film audiences also used to graphic scenes of violence. Certainly, the point of Jacobean drama is more than just graphic violence, it is sometimes hard to get passed it, but it does comment on the times.
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Recommends it for: renaissance nerds, the bloodthirsty
seriously, everyone should love The Duchess of Malfi. crazy murders and secret babies!
Less literary, more action oriented than Shakespeare.
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John Webster (c.1580 – c.1634) was an English Jacobean dramatist best known for his tragedies The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi, which are often regarded as masterpieces of the early 17th-century English stage. He was a contemporary of William Shakespeare.
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