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John Webster

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(c. 1578–c. 1626), combined the careers of coachmaker and playwright. He wrote several plays in collaboration with other dramatists; these include Westward Hoe and Northward Hoe, ...

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The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature, Society and culture
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25 words

..., John ( 1580?–1625? ), playwright : writes for Philip Henslowe's Rose Theatre in London ( Southwark : Bankside). The White Devil 1612 , The Duchess of Malfi 1623...

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World Encyclopedia

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
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Encyclopedias
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35 words

..., John ( 1580–1634 ) English dramatist whose reputation rests upon his two great tragedies: The White Devil ( c .1612 ) and The Duchess of Malfi ( 1614 ). Both plays explore the theme of revenge using macabre...

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An A-Z Guide to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2013

..., John ( 1580?–1634? ) English dramatist ; the Epistle to his play The White Devil ( 1612 ) includes a reference to ‘the right happy and copious industry of Master Shakespeare, Master Dekker, and Master...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
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147 words

..., John ( c. 1580–1634 ), English dramatist, whose fame rests almost entirely on two plays, The White Devil ( 1612 ) and The Duchess of Malfi ( 1614 ). Both are founded on Italian novelle and are passionate dramas of love and political intrigue in Renaissance Italy, compounded of crude horror and sublime poetry. Indeed, in the latter respect Webster approached Shakespeare more closely than any of his contemporaries. Both plays have held the stage, providing scope for great acting and fine settings, and as poetic drama remained unsurpassed by any...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)
Length:
103 words

..., John ( c. 1578– c. 1626 ), English playwright. Webster's reputation rests on two tragedies: The White Devil ( 1609–12 ; published 1612 ) is a powerful treatment of the life of Vittoria Accoramboni and The Duchess of Malfi ( c. 1613 , published 1623 ) dramatizes a tale by Bandello . He also collaborated with other playwrights, notably with Dekker on the comedies Westward Hoe ( 1604 ) and Northward Hoe ( 1605 ), the latter a light-hearted response to Marston , Jonson , and Chapman 's Eastward Hoe ; A Cure for a Cuckhold ( c. 1625 )...

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Robert Maslen

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015

...physical constraints imposed on her by patriarchal custom. These plays are among the most powerful poetic representations of entrapment and resistance in early modern literature. Robert Maslen Bradbrook, M. C. , John Webster: Citizen and Dramatist (1980) Luckyj, Christina , A Winter’s Snake: Dramatic Form in the Tragedies of John Webster ...

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., John ( 1580?–1635? ) English dramatist The White Divel; or, The Tragedy of Paulo Giordano Ursini ( 1612 ) Drama The Devils Law-Case ( 1623 ) Drama The Tragedy of the Dutchesse of Malfy ( 1623 ) Drama Appius and Virginia ( 1654 ) Drama A Cure for a Cuckold ( 1661 ) Drama...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature
Length:
489 words

..., John ( c. 1578– c. 1638 ) Playwright , the son of a prosperous London coachmaker of Smithfield. He attended the Merchant Taylors' Company, and combined the careers of coachmaker and playwright. He wrote several plays in collaboration with other dramatists; these include Westward Ho and Northward Ho , with Thomas Dekker , written 1604 and 1605 , both printed 1607 ; A Cure for a Cuckold (printed 1661 , written ?1624 ), probably with William Rowley (and possibly Thomas Heywood ); and a lost play with John Ford , Dekker , and Rowley ,...

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The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy

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Current Version:
2010
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Philosophy
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1,430 words

..., John ( 1610–82 ) John Webster was born in Thornton-in-Craven, Yorkshire on 3 February 1610 and died in Clitheroe, Lancashire on 18 June 1682 . Little is known of Webster's early years, or of how and where he received his education. He writes of Cambridge as if he knew it, but there are no official records to suggest that he was ever a student there. He somehow acquired a knowledge of medicine and chemistry, was ordained around 1632 or 1633 , and became curate of Kildwick-in-Craven in 1634 . In 1643 he was master of the free Grammar School...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Literature
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241 words

..., John ( c. 1578– c. 1638 ) Playwright . He wrote several plays in collaboration with other dramatists; these include Westward Ho and Northward Ho , with Thomas Dekker , both printed 1607 ; A Cure for a Cuckold ( 1661 ), probably with William Rowley (and possibly Thomas Heywood ); and a lost play with John Ford , Dekker , and Rowley , Keep the Widow Waking ( 1624 ). It has also been suggested that he had a hand in Thomas Middleton 's Anything for a Quiet Life ( 1661 ) and John Fletcher 's The Fair Maid of the Inn ( 1623 ). He...

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
333 words

..., John ( c. 1580– c. 1633 ) English dramatist . The son of a coach-maker, he was born in London and educated at the Merchant Taylors' School. He first worked in the theatre in 1602 as a contributor to three syndicate-written plays for the *Henslowe companies. In 1604 the King's Men ( see Chamberlain's Men, Lord ) hired him to adapt *Marston 's The Malcontent for adult actors, and in 1604–5 he collaborated with *Dekker on Westward Hoe and Northward Hoe . Webster offered his first solo play, The White Devil ( 1612 ), to the Red Bull, the...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

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Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature
Length:
2,313 words

.... The Skull beneath the Skin: The Achievement of John Webster . Carbondale, IL, 1986. Interested in the indeterminate structure of the plays. Essential reading. Goldberg, Dena . Between Worlds: A Study of the Plays of John Webster . Waterloo, Ont., 1987. Views Webster as antirational and antiauthoritarian. Moore, Don D. , ed. Webster: The Critical Heritage . London, 1981. Reception survey. Morris, Brian . John Webster . London, 1970. Pearson, Jacqueline . Tragedy and Tragicomedy in the Plays of John Webster . New Jersey, 1980. Focuses on the reasons and...

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Martin Wiggins

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
544 words

..., John ( c. 1580– c. 1633 ) English dramatist. The son of a coach-maker, he was born in London and educated at the Merchant Taylors' School. He first worked in the theatre in 1602 as a contributor to three syndicate-written plays for the Henslowe companies. In 1604 the King's Men ( see Chamberlain's Men, Lord ) hired him to adapt Marston 's The Malcontent for adult actors, a task which entailed adding an induction and a role for the company clown , and in 1604–5 he collaborated with Dekker on two city comedies , Westward Hoe and ...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2018
Subject:
Quotations
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...0John John Webster c. 1580 – c. 1625 English dramatist I am Duchess of Malfi still. The Duchess of Malfi (1623) act 4, sc. 2 I am duchess of Malfi still I know death hath ten thousand several doors For men to take their exits. The Duchess of Malfi (1623) act 4, sc. 2; see Fletcher , Massinger , Seneca death hath ten thousand ten thousand several doors men to take their exits Cover her face; mine eyes dazzle: she died young. The Duchess of Malfi (1623) act 4, sc. 2 cover her face Cover her face mine eyes dazzle she died young We are...

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Brewer's Famous Quotations

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Quotation
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Quotations
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352 words

...John Webster 1580 1625 English playwright 'Tis just like a summer birdcage in a garden; the birds that are without despair to get in, and the birds that are within despair, and are in a consumption, for fear they shall never get out. The White Devil , Act 1, Sc. 2 (1612). Hence, title of the novel by Margaret Drabble, A Summer Birdcage (1963) Leave thy idle questions; I am i'th'way to study a long silence, To prate were idle. In the same play, Act 5, Sc. 6 (1612). Flamineo speaking. Hence, A Long Silence , title of a crime novel – the last of the Van...

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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Current Version:
2014
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697 words

...0John John Webster c. 1580 – c. 1625 English dramatist . On Webster: see eliot Vain the ambition of kings Who seek by trophies and dead things, To leave a living name behind, And weave but nets to catch the wind. The Devil's Law-Case (1623) act 5, sc. 4 vain the ambition of kings Vain the ambition of kings Vain the ambition of kings nets to catch the living nets to catch the living O, that it were possible, We might but hold some two days' conference With the dead! The Duchess of Malfi (1623) act 4, sc. 2 hold some two days' conference...

John Webster c.1580–c.1625

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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Quotation
Current Version:
2018
Subject:
Quotations
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55 words

...0John999 John Webster c.1580–c.1625 Webster was much possessed by death And saw the skull beneath the skin; And breastless creatures underground Leaned backward with a lipless grin. T. S. Eliot 1888 – 1965 American -born British poet , critic , and dramatist ‘Whispers of Immortality’ (1919) much possessed by death skull beneath the skin skull beneath the ...

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
37 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
37 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
41 words

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