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eBook White Devil (University Paperbacks) ePub

by Revd Prof. John Webster,John Russell Brown

  • ISBN: 0416698905
  • Category: Dramas and Plays
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Revd Prof. John Webster,John Russell Brown
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Methuen young books (August 1967)
  • Pages: 282
  • ePub book: 1100 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1882 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 798

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Anne Brown is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Queensland where she is part of an interdisciplinary team working on emerging issues in conflict resolution. John Webster, younger by a generation than Shakespeare, is known for two plays, The White Devil, and The Duchess of Malfi. Of the two, D of M is a maturer work.

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Christina Luckyj, is Professor of English at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, and the author of several works on early modern drama. Country of Publication. John (Paperback book, 2008) -The White Devil by Webster, Revd Prof. item 3 The White Devil (New Mermaids) By John Webster, Christina Luckyj. 9780713681376 -The White Devil (New Mermaids) By John Webster, Christina Luckyj. item 4 The White Devil (New Mermaids) by Webster, Revd Prof.

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The White Devil - New Mermaids (Paperback). Paperback 208 Pages, Published: 31/07/2008. Usually dispatched within 24 hours. Woman to man is either a god or a wolf" John Webster's first independent play, The White Devil, originally performed in 1612, centres on the beautiful Vittoria Corombona and her lover, Duke Brachiano, whose passionate, adulterous affair unleashes the powerful revenge of their enemies.

John Russell Brown's new introduction uses the latest developments in the .

John Russell Brown's new introduction uses the latest developments in the study of Jacobean England and in theatre criticism. Detailed notes and glosses make this an ideal teaching text and a 'must' for any theatre goer. The White Devil gives us a compellingly dangerous and fascinating woman who consents to the murder of her ineffectual husband. Her defence against the charge of adultery transforms a lurid tale of crime into high tragedy. Anne Brown is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Queensland where she is part of an interdisciplinary team working on emerging issues in conflict resolution. իբլիոգրաֆիական տվյալներ.

The White Devil (Paperback). Published 1994 by A & C Black. The White Devil (Paperback). Published May 28th 1970 by University of Nebraska Press.

ISBN: 0719043557 (ISBN13: 9780719043550). Paperback, 174 pages. Paperback, 158 pages.

John White Webster (May 20, 1793 – August 30, 1850) was an American professor of chemistry and geology at Harvard Medical College. In 1850, he was convicted of murder in the Parkman–Webster murder case and hanged.

The University of Chicago Press. Chicago Distribution Center. John Webster, John Russell Brown.

John Russell Brown is Professor of Theatre at Middlesex University and was recently Visiting Professor at Columbia University -.

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Zulurr Zulurr
John Webster, younger by a generation than Shakespeare, is known for two plays, The White Devil, and The Duchess of Malfi. Of the two, D of M is a maturer work. The White Devil has a more jumbled structure, although it has several powerful scenes, including the "Arraignment of Vittoria," Act III, sc. 2:

Mont. My lord duke sent to you a thousand ducats
The twelfth of August.
Vit. _ _ _ _ _ 'Twas to keep your cousin
From prison; I paid use for 't.
Mont. __ __ __ __ I rather think,
'Twas interest for his lust.
Vit. Who says so but yourself?
If you be my accuser,
Pray cease to be my judge: come from the bench;
Give in your evidence 'gainst me, and let these
Be moderators. My lord cardinal,
Were your intelligencing ears as loving
As to my thoughts, had you an honest tongue,
I would not care though you proclaim'd them all.
Mont. Go to, go to. After your goodly and vainglorious banquet,
I 'll give you a choke-pear.
Vit. O' your own grafting?

(I can't even tell if that last crack was dirty or not!)

The Jacobean drama portrayed a world which had lost its firm foundation (Webster name-drops Galileo). Vittoria's brother Flamenio is overeducated, poor, and immoral. His last scene is his greatest:

Lodo. Oh, I could kill you forty times a day,
And use 't four years together, 'twere too little!
Naught grieves but that you are too few to feed
The famine of our vengeance. What dost think on?
Flam. Nothing; of nothing: leave thy idle questions.
I am i' th' way to study a long silence:
To prate were idle. I remember nothing.
There 's nothing of so infinite vexation
As man's own thoughts.

The Kindle edition, via Gutenberg, is well-formatted with few, if any typos. It is completely free of notes.
betelgeuze betelgeuze
For those of you familiar with my writing, you know I cherish the works of Marlowe, Shakespeare, Milton, Hawthorne, and Dickens. Well, I now have a 6th favorite. Lodovico is frighteningly demonic. 1st he participates in the murder of Isabella, then he participates in the revenge of Isabella! Poor Isabella is memorable as a picture of innocence. Vittoria is an interesting woman. She is not exactly a picture of innocence, but she does carry herself well, and she faces her death with as much dignity as possible. Webster also draws the dissension between Francisco and Bracciano well. Bracciano is captivating with all of his ambition. Francisco is memorable as the good and decent man prompted to fury by the death of his innocent sister. The harsh tones between Cornelia and her son Flamineo are dramatic. Bracciano's son Giovanni is well drawn. First he is an innocent young man, but his lines reveal his good character. Then we see him after he has lost both his parents. Finally, he flips the tables on everyone and restores order. Cardinal Monticelso is also captivating. He is a very careful character who probes the situations without losing his sense of reason. And we need not be surprised when this careful character is promoted to Pope Paul IV. What's left? Only striking images, only well constructed passages, only pure terror side by side with beauty etc. My only complaint about this play is that Webster combines 2 wonderful final touches that would be wonderful by themselves, but do not combine well (in my opinion). Lodovico's delight in his massacre does not (in my opinion) mix well with Giovanni's sudden rise to power and his sudden crush of the situation. In my opinion what makes Edward III's restoration to order in Marlowe's "Edward II" so dramatic is the pure terror the 17 year old king instills in his enemies. At this point, I would like to thank all of you who found my reviews helpful.
Gholbithris Gholbithris
Few works by John Webster have survived, but two - The Duchess of Malfi and The White Devil - have been staged frequently in recent decades. Many readers may remember the young John Webster as a darkly comic figure in that delightful 1998 romantic comedy, Shakespeare in Love. In expressing his admiration to Shakespeare for his gruesome play, Titus Andronicus, the boy observes: "I like it when they cut heads off. And when the daughter was mutilated with knives". I laughed with those around me, as I had some inkling of John Webster's dark reputation, but I had not actually read, nor seen a performance of his plays.

Despite Webster's dark and dismal view of human nature, I found The White Devil to be considerably less gruesome than Titus Andronicus and definitely less shocking. There are some poisonings, stabbings, and stranglings, especially in the final act, but what makes Webster's play truly memorable is the continuous intrigue, deceit, and betrayals.

The White Devil has elements of a revenge play, but the motivations of the characters are more varied and complex. In her introduction to the New Mermaids edition, Christina Luckyj illustrates how Webster adapted to the stage an actual murderous event that occurred in Italy some years earlier. Paolo Giordano, Duke of Brachiano, and the beautiful Vittoria Corombona, as well as others in this play are not entirely fictional.

The second act presents the initial murders, the poisoning of Isabella, wife to Brachiano, and the killing of Camillo, husband to Vittoria, in two dumb shows representing conjurer's images of the actual murders. These silent displays are said to have a somewhat haunting impact on the stage.

Despite no evidence of involvement in Camillo's death, Vittoria is placed on trial for her adulterous affair, is found guilty, and confined to a house of convertites, a house of penitent whores. The murder of Camillo and Isabella goes unpunished, although some do suspect the Duke of Brachiano.

Brachiano's chief rival, Francisco De Medici, the Duke of Florence, quietly plots to have Brachiano and his followers killed. He cleverly tricks Brachiano into effecting the escape of Vittoria. The two are quickly married in a lavish ceremony. Soon thereafter Brachiano and Vittoria are excommunicated by the new Pope, the former Cardinal Monticelso, another long time rival of the Brachiano.

Plots and counterplots collide in act five resulting in the deaths of nearly all key characters. Most die loquaciously, expositing on their guilt and thoughts of divine punishment.

The White Devil does not offer the dramatic impact of a Shakespearean tragedy, nor the tight focus characteristic of most Elizabethan revenge plays. This play's fascination is the continuous intrigue and deception, the plots and counterplots, and the complex motivations of Webster's dark characters. Four stars to The White Devil.