Sub Topics: John Webster's The Duchess (The Duchess of Malfi, a macabre tragic play) is a definite member of this class who falls from her high position or status and dies because of committing a fault
Key Words: London theater manager Philip Henslowe, Thomas Dekker, John Marston, , Thomas Heywood, , , John ,tragedies , extravagant passions, dark intrigue, fratricidal violence, melodramatic, poetic dialogue, ,drama
"Ambition, madam, is a great man's madness."-
John Webster (1578? - 1632?)
The Duchess of Malfi
There was a group of dramatists writing plays for the London theater manager Philip Henslowe. The group included many gifted playwrights, among them Thomas Dekker, John Marston, and Thomas Heywood, with each of whom Webster collaborated occasionally. John Webster’s genius as a writer was first fully revealed in his great tragedies The White Devil, produced in 1612, and The Duchess of Malfi, staged about 1614. Both plays depict a world of extravagant passions, dark intrigue, and fratricidal violence. Both plays ensured Webster's long-lasting critical acclaim and both are still produced. Despite their melodramatic themes, Webster's plays are redeemed by his soaring poetic dialogue and his grasp of human psychology.