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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Webster: The White Devil

ISBN 9780230279759
Publication Date May 2012
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Shakespeare Handbooks

The White Devil is one of the great plays of the Jacobean era. In this vibrant Handbook, Stephen Purcell offers an in-depth, performance-focused exploration of John Webster's thrilling, unsettling and darkly comic tragedy. The Handbook includes:
• a scene-by-scene commentary on the play as it unfolds on stage
• an overview of the play's cultural context
• excerpts from historical sources
• case studies of four modern productions, featuring interviews with directors
• an outline of key critical writings on the play, from the seventeenth century through to today.

STEPHEN PURCELL Assistant Professor in English at the University of Warwick, UK. His previous publications include Popular Shakespeare (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and he is a professional director and Artistic Director of 'The Pantaloons'.

Series Editors' Preface Preface
The Text and First Performances
Intellectual and Cultural Context
Commentary: The Play in Performance
Key Performances and Productions
Critical Assessments
Further Reading


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