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John Webster (1)

This page covers the author of The Duchess of Malfi.

For other authors named John Webster, see the disambiguation page.

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Webster seems to have participated in many dramatic collaborations, but his undisputed work consists of only three plays: The White Devil (1612), The Duchess of Malfi (1614), and The Devil's Law Case (1623). His two great tragedies, The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi, are darkly poetic and brooding, especially in their sardonic villain-spokesmen, Flamineo and Bosola. As critic Robert Dent has shown, Webster plundered other authors for his laborious, jewel-like, sententious, and epigrammatic style, but the overall effect is one of a soaring and passionate poetry. Webster employs the full gamut of violent and sensational effects, especially in The Duchess of Malfi, to render a physical sense of horror. His plots are drawn from the political and amorous intrigues of Renaissance Italy. (Bowker Author Biography)
— biography from The Duchess of Malfi
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The Duchess of Malfi 1,067 copies, 18 reviews
The White Devil 317 copies, 2 reviews
Plays 3 copies
Westward Ho 3 copies
Northward Ho 2 copies
English Renaissance Drama (Contributor) 209 copies, 1 review
Eight Famous Elizabethan Plays (Contributor, some editions) 160 copies, 2 reviews
The Malcontent 141 copies, 3 reviews
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (Contributor) 100 copies, 1 review
Four Great Elizabethan Plays (Contributor) 66 copies
Four Famous Tudor and Stuart Plays (Contributor) 53 copies
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