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Duchess of Malfi (New Mermaids)

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One of the most haunting tragedies written in the Jacobean period, The Duchess of Malfi (1614) adapts the true story of a noble Italian widow who secretly marries her steward and has children with him. Her two brothers, enraged by this act of female self-determination, begin to spy on the happy family, entrap them and subject their sister to fiendish psychological torture before they have her strangled. Unlike his sources, Webster does not condemn the Duchess for lasciviousness, nor does he allow her brothers to live. As the introduction to this edition shows, the play is replete with reverberations of earlier tragedies, most prominently Hamlet and Othello, and has few equals as a skilful and stirring rendition of Jacobean dramatic fashions.

Synopsis:

Universally considered Webster's masterpiece, this violent play presents a dark and disturbing portrait of the human condition. The play's heroine is imprisoned by her brothers because she bore a commoner's son.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780713667912
Author:
WEBSTER, JOHN
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
Editor:
Gibbons, Brian
Author:
Gibbons, Brian
Location:
N
Subject:
General
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
General Drama
Subject:
British & Irish
Subject:
Drama-Women and Ethnic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
New Mermaids
Publication Date:
September 2007
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
c 5 photographs/line drawings
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
1.80 in.

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