Three Jacobean Tragedies (The Revenger's Tragedy, The White Devil and The Changeling)
Tourneur/ The Revenger's Tragedy
Webster/ The White Devil
Middleton/ The Changeling
These three plays are among the finest examples of Jacobean Revenge Tragedy
By the early seventeenth century Renaissance humanism had reached a crisis. The period of mental unrest, and the sense of moral corruption and ambiguity that followed, provoked the Jacobean dramatists to embittered satire and images of tragic retribution.
John Webster (c. 1570-1625) in The White Devil paints a sinister and merciless world ruled by all the refinements of cunning and intrigue, while in The Revenger's Tragedy, one of the most powerful of the Jacobean tragedies, Cyril Tourneur (c. 1570-1626) displays in a macabre ballet the emotional conflicts and vices typical of the age. The Changeling is perhaps the supreme achievements of Thomas Middleton (1580-1627) -- a masterpiece of brooding intensity.
Year published: 1969
Sub-genre: Classics; screenplay.
Imprint: Penguin Classics
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