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The Duchess of Malfi 55 editions

Cover of: The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster
About the Book

"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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55 editions First published in 1640

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The Duchess of Malfi
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1640, Printed by I. Raworthfor I. Benson
The Dutchesse of Malfy
in English
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1640, Printed by I. Raworth, for I. Waterson and I Benson
The Dutchesse of Malfy
Microform in English
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1657, Printed for Robert Crofts
The Dutchesse of Malfy
Microform in English
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1850, Lofts
The duchess of Malfi
in English
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1850, John Cumberland
The duchess of Malfi
in English
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1896, J. M. Dent
The Duchess of Malfi
in English
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1896, J M Dent
The Duchess of Malfi
in English
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1900, J. M. Dent
The Duchess of Malfi
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1919, Dent
The Duchess of Malfi
in English
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1919, Dent
The Duchess of Malfi
in English
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1921, Methuen
The Duchess of Malfi
in English
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1930, John Lane, Dodd, Mead and company
The Duchess of Malfi
in English
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1945, Sylvan Press
The Duchess of Malfi
in English
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1945, Sylvan Press
The Duchess of Malfi
in English
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1945, Sylvan Press
The Duchess of Malfi.
in English
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1953, AHM Pub. Corp.
The Duchess of Malfi
in English
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1958, Chatto & Windus
The Duchess of Malfi.
in English
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1958
The Duchess of Malfi
in English
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1958
Duchess of Malfi.
in English
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1959, Macmillan
The Duchess of Malfi
in English
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1960, Barron's Educational Series
The Duchess of Malfi
in English
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1960, Barron's Educational Series
The Duchess of Malfi.
in English
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1963, Methuen
The Duchess of Malfi.
in English
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1964, Methuen
The Duchess of Malfi
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1964, Methuen
The Duchess of Malfi.
in English
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1964, Harvard University Press
The Duchess of Malfi.
in English
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1964, Ernest Benn Limited
The Duchess of Malfi
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1964, Methuen
The Duchess of Malfi
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1964, E. Benn
The Duchess of Malfi.
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1966, Hill and Wang
The Duchess of Malfi...
in English
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1968, Collins
The Duchess of Malfi
in English
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1969, Methuen
The Duchess of Malfi.
in English
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1969, Methuen
The Duchess of Malfi
in English
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1972, Davis-Poynter Ltd
The Duchess ofMalfi
in English
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1972, Oliver & Boyd
The Duchess of Malfi
in English
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1972, Oliver and Boyd
The Duchess of Malfi
in English
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1976, Manchester University Press
The Duchess of Malfi
in English
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1981, Avant-scène
La Duchesse d'Amalfi
in French
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1983, E. Benn, Norton
The Duchess of Malfi
in English - 2nd ed.
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1985, Harlan Davidson
The Duchess of Malfi
in English
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1986, Manchester University Press
The duchess of Malfi
in English
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1986, F. Greno
Die Herzogin von Malfi
in German
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1987, Longman
The Duchess of Malfi
in English
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1989, Bristol Classical Press
The Duchess of Malfi
in English
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1991, A & C Black, Norton
The Duchess of Malfi
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1993, A & C Black
The Duchess of Malfi
in English - 3rd ed.
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1994, Manchester University Press
The duchess of Malfi
in English
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1996, Longman
The Duchess of Malfi
in English
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1997, Manchester University Press, Distributed exclusively in the USA by St Martin's Press, Inc
The Duchess of Malfi
in English
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1999, Dover Publications
The Duchess of Malfi
in English - Dover thrift editions
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2000, Macmillan
The Duchess of Malfi
in English
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2001, A. & C. Black, W.W. Norton
The Duchess of Malfi
in English - 4th ed. / edited by Brian Gibbons
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2007, Oxford University Press
The Duchess of Malfi
in English
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2009, The Floating Press
The Duchess of Malfi
E-book in English

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