Elizabethan and Jacobean Tragedies: A New Mermaids Anthology
Bloomsbury Academic, 2008 - Drama - 754 pages
Establishing the new genre in English theatre, the revenge play, The Spanish Tragedy was highly popular and influential in its time. Doctor Faust is the classic tragedy in which a man sells his soul to the devil for power and knowledge. Women beware Women is a classic Jacobean tragedy, generally considered one of Middleton's finest. The White Devil is a revenge tragedy by the English playwright John Webster. The story itself is based upon a real event that occurred in Italy 30 years prior. The murder of Vittoria Accoramboni in Padua is used by Webster to turned Italian corruption into a vehicle for illustrating the corruption of the royal court. Tis a Pity She's a Whore is a tragedy by John Ford. The play's radical subject matter of incest made it one of the most controversial works in English literature.
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