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by Elizabeth M. Brennan,John Webster

Free eBook Duchess of Malfi (New Mermaid Anthology) download ISBN: 051000153X
Author: Elizabeth M. Brennan,John Webster
Publisher: E. Benn; 2nd edition (August 1983)
Language: English
Pages: 160
Category: Imaginative Literature
Subcategory: Dramas and Plays
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Rating: 4.4
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John Webster (The White Devil), Elizabeth M. Brennan.

John Webster (The White Devil), Elizabeth M. This play offers a psychological treatment of sexuality and power and its stagecraft presents images which complement the baroque dramatic poetry.

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The Duchess of Malfi is John Webster's masterpiece, and justly renowned as the Jacobean drama par excellence. A young widow, rich and beautiful, secretly marries her steward, against the wishes of her brothers, a cardinal and a judge, who have insinuated Bosola, a convicted murderer, into her household as "intelligencer. The Duchess of Malfi.

The Duchess of Malfi book. Based on the Revels Plays text, the notes have been augmented to cast further light both on Webster's amazing dialogue and on the stage action.

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The duchess of malfi. Footnotes: Introductory note. Of John Webster's life almost nothing is known

The duchess of malfi. 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 Duchess of Malfi (originally published as The Tragedy of the Dutchesse of Malfy) is a Jacobean revenge tragedy written by English dramatist John Webster in 1612–1613. It was first performed privately at the Blackfriars Theatre, then later to a larger audience at The Globe, in 1613–1614

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Kagalkree
This is not a great edition if you are not already familiar with Renaissance drama conventions or even this play in particular. I assigned it in a Renaissance drama seminar, and was disappointed by the cursory critical introduction and especially the lack of depth in the footnotes. Where the footnotes were useful was Shakespearean comparison, but my students struggled with a lot of the other references. For example, the significance of apricots as diuretics/labor inducing was never explained, and the pun in the original manuscript (where it is spelled as apricocks) is at best alluded to. Similarly, there is no explanation of madmen as entertainment - either as a literary trope or a reference to Bedlam Hospital. In short - the text itself is perfectly fine, but for newcomers, there will be some fairly inexplicable scenes and incidents.
Rolorel
"...One met the duke 'bout midnight in a lane
Behind Saint Mark's church, with the leg of a man
Upon his shoulder; and he howl'd fearfully;
Said he was a wolf, only the difference
Was, a wolf's skin was hairy on the outside,
His on the inside; bade them take their swords,
Rip up his flesh, and try."

The Duchess of Malfi is John Webster's masterpiece, and justly renowned as the Jacobean drama par excellence. A young widow, rich and beautiful, secretly marries her steward, against the wishes of her brothers, a cardinal and a judge, who have insinuated Bosola, a convicted murderer, into her household as "intelligencer." One brother, Ferdinand, is insanely jealous of his sister:

"CARDINAL. __ __ __ Shall our blood,
The royal blood of Arragon and Castile,
Be thus attainted?
FERDINAND. __ __ Apply desperate physic:
We must not now use balsamum, but fire,
The smarting cupping-glass, for that 's the mean
To purge infected blood, such blood as hers.
There is a kind of pity in mine eye,--
I 'll give it to my handkercher; and now 'tis here,
I 'll bequeath this to her bastard.
CARDINAL. __ __ __What to do?
FERDINAND. Why, to make soft lint for his mother's wounds,
When I have hew'd her to pieces... "

Unlike the Kindle edition of The White Devil, this edition has some notes and glosses. Coming as they do at the end, they seem like crossword clues without a crossword:

<5> At the expense of. <6> Rolls of lint used to dress wounds. <7> Surgeons. <8> A small horse. <9> Ballasted. <10> A lively dance. <11> Throws into the shade. <12> At the point of. <13> Coaches. <14> Spy. <15> Cheats. <16> Spy. <17> Malfi. Gallery in the Duchess' palace. <18> Lustful. <19> Genesis xxxi., 31-42. <20> The net in which he caught Venus and Mars. <21> Housekeepers. <22> Produced. <23> Qq. read STRANGE. <24> Guess. <25> The phrase used to indicate that accounts had been examined and found correct. <26> Using words of present time; i.e., "I take," not "I will take."

To use the notes, one would have to go to the end of the book, page back to the beginning of the notes, bookmark that location, and then jump to the bookmarked location when needed. Proof that Project Gutenberg started aeons ago.
DABY
This Jacobean masterpiece really should first read in a annotated copy. This book does have a glossary of some terms, but it is difficult to navigate having to jump from the text to the final section. That said, if the plot of the play is too much for the modern reader to absorb or believe, which I doubt, the pure poetry and powerful imagery of the play makes it a worthwhile experience. It it should stimulate any aspiring play write. The cruel humor of some of the lines are certain to bring a grim smile. "Diamonds are of most value, They say, that have pass'd through many hands. Whores by that rule are precious."
Scream_I LOVE YOU
Good travel edition of this work. Play is witty and saucy, with gore to satisfy the most bloodthirsty reader.
Mataxe
Read this for a lit class. Wow, it's gruesome and fascinating. So much imagery and deep meaning. Thanks, Amazon for offering it for the Kindle for free. You helped this poor student stay on budget and get an A in this class!
Tcaruieb
I read this for the first time in my English Honors class in sophomore year in high school as homework and I was intrigued by the tragic tale of the Duchess and her beloved Antonio. Truly a romantic tragedy without overdoing the romance. Definitely a well recommended book!
Ndlaitha
Love it. This classic play is well presented and the extra material was very helpful in understanding the characters and plot.
A tragedy like Shakespeare's MACBETH or HAMLET. Dark, steady, and developed story and characters will keep you engaged.