Women Beware Women

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Nick Hern Books, Apr 1, 2004 - Drama - 137 pages
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A Jacobean gore-fest of enforced seduction and ultimate revenge.

Written in 1623, two years after The Changeling, Women Beware Women is the second of Middleton's two great tragedies. It is the story of the corruption of three young people, seduced and destroyed by the lust and treachery of the court of the Duke of Florence. 

Edited and Introduced by Colin Counsell

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User Review  - Nisa - Goodreads

and so i didnt really read it, i saw the gender- and era-swapped performance of it in duke. interesting. i might borrow it from nus library to see how the original storygoes. Read full review

Review: Women Beware Women

User Review  - Goodreads

and so i didnt really read it, i saw the gender- and era-swapped performance of it in duke. interesting. i might borrow it from nus library to see how the original storygoes. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Thomas Middleton, 1580-1627 Middleton wrote in a wide variety of genres and styles, and was a thoroughly professional dramatist. His comedies were generally based on London life but seen through the perspective of Roman comedy, especially those of Plautus. Middleton is a masterful constructor of plots. "A Chaste Maid in Cheapside" (1630) is typical of Middleton's interests. It is biting and satirical in tone: the crassness of the willing cuckold Allwit is almost frightening. Middleton was very preoccupied with sexual themes, especially in his tragedies, "The Changeling" (1622), written with William Rowley, and "Women Beware Women" (1621). The portraits of women in these plays are remarkable. Both Beatrice-Joanna in "The Changeling" and Bianca in "Women Beware Women" move swiftly from innocence to corruption, and Livia in "Women Beware Women" is noteworthy as a feminine Machiavelli and manipulator. In his psychological realism and his powerful vision of evil, Middleton resembles Shakespeare.

Counsell teaches at the University of North London.

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