John Webster And John Ford

This Penguin Classics book John Webster And John Ford: The Duchess of Malfi, The White Devil, The Broken Heart and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore includes these four plays from the reigns of James I and Charles I that have become renowned as macabre masterpieces exploring themes of revenge, power, desire and violence.

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No. of Pages 591
No. of Illustrations Text
Dimensions 3 x 19.8 x 13cm
Fabric & material Paperback
SKU 02086661

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Revenge, hatred, villainy, incest, and murder upon murder are their constant themes ... and they handle these horrors with little or no moral purpose, save that of exciting and amusing the audience ... We should call him a madman who allowed his daughters or his servants to see such representations. 
Charles Kingsley

John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi and The White Devil are both set in the Italian court with their anti-heroines dealing with themes of power, sex and corruption. John Ford's The Broken Heart is a fight between desire and hatred in Ancient Greece, and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore reworks Romeo and Juliet to explore forbidden taboos.

Edited by Jane Kingsley-Smith, regular guest speaker at Shakespeare's Globe, the book includes a fascinating introduction and thorough explanatory glossaries.

591 pages.


Revenge, hatred, villainy, incest, and murder upon murder are their constant themes ... and they handle these horrors with little or no moral purpose, save that of exciting and amusing the audience ... We should call him a madman who allowed his daughters or his servants to see such representations. 
Charles Kingsley

John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi and The White Devil are both set in the Italian court with their anti-heroines dealing with themes of power, sex and corruption. John Ford's The Broken Heart is a fight between desire and hatred in Ancient Greece, and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore reworks Romeo and Juliet to explore forbidden taboos.

Edited by Jane Kingsley-Smith, regular guest speaker at Shakespeare's Globe, the book includes a fascinating introduction and thorough explanatory glossaries.

591 pages.

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