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The Works of John Webster
An Old-Spelling Critical Edition

Volume 1. The White Devil; The Duchess of Malfi


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  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521033329

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  • This is the first volume to appear in the Cambridge edition of the works of John Webster, beginning with the plays The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi. The following volume planned for publication will include the other plays as well as the poems and prose. While both The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi are available in modernized versions, the Cambridge edition incorporates the more recent editorial scholarship including valuable information on Webster's biography, critical methods, and textual theory. In particular, the edition integrates theatrical aspects of the texts with their bibliographical and literary features in a way not previously attempted for a scholarly edition of a Jacobean dramatist. The edition also presents previously unpublished material including a fragment of an otherwise lost play and a hitherto unknown poem and provides a brief biography of Webster, a history of the Webster canon, and reception history for each play.

    • Gives full treatment to contemporary novelists
    • An illustrated guide to literature
    • First edition received better reviews than any competing volumes
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… immense browsability' Anthony Burgess, The Observer

    '… an indispensable and indeed path-breaking guide.' The L.A. Times

    '… conceptually generous … on overall points Cambridge wins. Its breadth of vision is the chief reason.' The Guardian

    'The editors provide careful and comprehensive notes to each of the texts as well as separate literary, textual, and theatrical introductions to each of the plays. the volume is an indispensable addition to Webster scholarship.' Studies in English Literature

    'This is an extremely satisfying edition. Essentially a reference book, it will promote both scholarly and theatrical engagement with these other Webster plays.' Sixteenth Century Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521033329
    • length: 748 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 36 mm
    • weight: 0.989kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of Illustrations
    General Preface
    List of Abbreviations
    The Webster canon
    Part I. General Introductions:
    1. The life of John Webster
    2. General critical introduction
    3. General theatrical introduction
    4. General textual introduction
    Part II. The White Devil
    Date of the Play
    Critical Introduction
    Theatrical Introduction
    Textual Introduction
    The White Devil
    Part III. The Duchess of Malfi.

  • Author

    John Webster


    David Gunby

    David Carnegie

    Antony Hammond

    Doreen DelVecchio

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