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About the Author: John Webster

John Webster (c.1580 – c.1634) was an English Jacobean dramatist best known for his tragedies The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi, which are often regarded as masterpieces of the early 17th-century English stage. He was a contemporary of William Shakespeare.

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Paperback, Published in Mar 2008 by Book Jungle

ISBN10: 160597143X | ISBN13: 9781605971438

Page count: 168

This macabre tragic play was first preformed at the Globe theatre is 1614. The love story is based on true events from the 1500's. The Duchess marries a commoner and her two brothers exact their revenge with tragic results for themselves. The play becomes quite violent in the latter scenes. The complexity of the characters and the use of poetic language make this play a worthwhile read.

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