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The Duchess of Malfi

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This edition was published in by J. M. Dent in London.

"The Duchess of Malfi" was published in 1623, but the date of writing may have been as early as 1611. It is based on a story in Painter's "Palace of Pleasure," translated from the Italian novelist, Bandello; and it is entirely possible that it has a foundation in fact. In any case, it portrays with a terrible vividness one side of the court life of the Italian Renaissance; and its picture of the fierce quest of pleasure, the recklessness of crime, and the worldliness of the great princes of the Church finds only too ready corroboration in the annals of the time.

Of John Webster's life almost nothing is known. The dates 1580-1625 given for his birth and death are conjectural inferences, about which the best that can be said is that no known facts contradict them.The first notice of Webster so far discovered shows that he was collaborating in the production of plays for the theatrical manager, Henslowe, in 1602, and of such collaboration he seems to have done a considerable amount. Four plays exist which he wrote alone, "The White Devil," "The Duchess of Malfi," "The Devil's Law-Case," and "Appius and Virginia."

Webster's tragedies come toward the close of the great series of tragedies of blood and revenge, in which "The Spanish Tragedy" and "Hamlet" are landmarks, but before decadence can fairly be said to have set in. He, indeed, loads his scene with horrors almost past the point which modern taste can bear; but the intensity of his dramatic situations, and his superb power of flashing in a single line a light into the recesses of the human heart at the crises of supreme emotion, redeems him from mere sensationalism, and places his best things in the first rank of dramatic writing.

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2009, The Floating Press
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The Duchess of Malfi
2007, Oxford University Press
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2001, A. & C. Black, W.W. Norton
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2000, Macmillan
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The Duchess of Malfi
1999, Dover Publications
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The Duchess of Malfi
1997, Manchester University Press, Distributed exclusively in the USA by St Martin's Press, Inc
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The Duchess of Malfi
1996, Longman
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The duchess of Malfi
1994, Manchester University Press
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The Duchess of Malfi
1993, A & C Black
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The Duchess of Malfi
1991, A & C Black, Norton
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The Duchess of Malfi
1989, Bristol Classical Press
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The Duchess of Malfi
1987, Longman
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The duchess of Malfi
1986, Manchester University Press
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1986, F. Greno
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The Duchess of Malfi
1985, Harlan Davidson
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July 1983, Manchester Univ Pr
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The Duchess of Malfi
1983, E. Benn, Norton
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The Duchess of Malfi
1976, Manchester University Press
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The Duchess ofMalfi
1972, Davis-Poynter Ltd
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The Duchess of Malfi: edited by Clive Hart.
1972, Oliver & Boyd
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The Duchess of Malfi
1972, Oliver and Boyd
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The Duchess of Malfi
1969, Methuen
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The Duchess of Malfi
1968, Collins
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The Duchess of Malfi...
1966, Hill and Wang
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The Duchess of Malfi
1964, Methuen
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The Duchess of Malfi.
1964, Harvard University Press
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1964, Ernest Benn Limited
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1964, Methuen
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1960, Barron's Educational Series
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The Duchess of Malfi.
1960, Barron's Educational Series
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The Duchess of Malfi
1959, Macmillan
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1958, Chatto & Windus
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1958, Chatto & Windus
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The Duchess of Malfi
1958
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1958
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The Duchess of Malfi
1953, AHM Pub. Corp.
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The Duchess of Malfi
1945, Sylvan Press
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The Duchess of Malfi
1945, Sylvan Press
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The Duchess of Malfi
1921, Methuen
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1919, Dent
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The Duchess of Malfi: a play
1919, Dent
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1896, J. M. Dent
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"The Duchess of Malfi" was published in 1623, but the date of writing may have been as early as 1611. It is based on a story in Painter's "Palace of Pleasure," translated from the Italian novelist, Bandello; and it is entirely possible that it has a foundation in fact. In any case, it portrays with a terrible vividness one side of the court life of the Italian Renaissance; and its picture of the fierce quest of pleasure, the recklessness of crime, and the worldliness of the great princes of the Church finds only too ready corroboration in the annals of the time.

Of John Webster's life almost nothing is known. The dates 1580-1625 given for his birth and death are conjectural inferences, about which the best that can be said is that no known facts contradict them.The first notice of Webster so far discovered shows that he was collaborating in the production of plays for the theatrical manager, Henslowe, in 1602, and of such collaboration he seems to have done a considerable amount. Four plays exist which he wrote alone, "The White Devil," "The Duchess of Malfi," "The Devil's Law-Case," and "Appius and Virginia."

Webster's tragedies come toward the close of the great series of tragedies of blood and revenge, in which "The Spanish Tragedy" and "Hamlet" are landmarks, but before decadence can fairly be said to have set in. He, indeed, loads his scene with horrors almost past the point which modern taste can bear; but the intensity of his dramatic situations, and his superb power of flashing in a single line a light into the recesses of the human heart at the crises of supreme emotion, redeems him from mere sensationalism, and places his best things in the first rank of dramatic writing.

The Duchess of Malfi

a play

This edition was published in by J. M. Dent in London.


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PR3184 .D8 1900

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