96 pages, 8.25 × 5.19 × 0.68 in
November 3, 1999
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0486406601
ISBN - 13: 9780486406602
From the Publisher
The evils of greed and ambition overwhelm love, innocence, and the bonds of kinship in this dark tragedy concerning the secret marriage of a noblewoman and a commoner. John Webster's great Jacobean drama detailing the fiendish schemes of two brothers who desire their wealthy sister's title and estates ends with a bloody and horrifying climax.
About the Author
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.
From Our Editors
Love and innocence must face off against greed and ambition in this classic work. The Duchess of Malfi is John Webster’s tale of a disastrous marriage of a noblewoman and a commoner. This union occurs secretly from the Duchess’s jealous brothers, who scheme to inherit her title and estates. Readers will be shocked at the truly horrifying climax to this story.