Elizabethan and Jacobean Tragedies: A New Mermaids Anthology

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Bloomsbury Academic, Aug 1, 2008 - Drama - 754 pages
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This anthology contains scholarly and annotated editions of six major Elizabethan and Jacobean plays:


The Spanish Tragedy
Doctor Faustus
Sejanus
Women Beware Women
The White Devil
'Tis Pity She's a Whore

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Contents

DOCTOR FAUSTUS by Christopher Marlowe
141
SEJANUS HIS FALL by Ben Jonson
243
WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN by Thomas Middleton
375
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About the author (2008)

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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