The Duchess of Malfi

Frontcover
Courier Dover Publications, 1623 - 92 Seiten
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The evils of greed and ambition overwhelm love, innocence, and the bonds of kinship in this dark tragedy concerning the secret marriage of a noblewoman and a commoner. John Webster’s great Jacobean drama detailing the fiendish schemes of two brothers who desire their wealthy sister’s title and estates ends with a bloody and horrifying climax. A dynamic plot brimming with poetic lyricism, this provocative and profoundly original work will appeal to general readers, students, and teachers of drama and literature.
  

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Review: The Duchess of Malfi

Nutzerbericht  - Annemariem - Goodreads

This seventeenth century play is about two vile brothers who try to stop their sister's marriage and childbearing by any means possible, in order to get their hands on her fortune. Good old dramatic ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Review: The Duchess of Malfi

Nutzerbericht  - Roland Howard - Goodreads

Bloody brilliant. Explosions of poetry that cut to the core. A cynical bloody plot but not a cynical play- unlike The White Devil which is far darker. But this is pretty dark but there is a moral compass, even if the characters have virtually all lost their bearings. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Inhalt

ACT I
1
ACT II
17
ACT III
33
ACT IV
55
ACT V
71
Urheberrecht

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Über den Autor (1623)

Webster seems to have participated in many dramatic collaborations, but his undisputed work consists of only three plays: The White Devil (1612), The Duchess of Malfi (1614), and The Devil's Law Case (1623). His two great tragedies, The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi, are darkly poetic and brooding, especially in their sardonic villain-spokesmen, Flamineo and Bosola. As critic Robert Dent has shown, Webster plundered other authors for his laborious, jewel-like, sententious, and epigrammatic style, but the overall effect is one of a soaring and passionate poetry. Webster employs the full gamut of violent and sensational effects, especially in The Duchess of Malfi, to render a physical sense of horror. His plots are drawn from the political and amorous intrigues of Renaissance Italy.

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