Elizabethan and Jacobean Tragedies: A New Mermaids Anthology

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2008 - Drama - 754 pages
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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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