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dirk   Link to this

The White Devil

Just made available on the Gutenberg Project site:

Webster, John, 1580-1625
Title "The White Devil" (the original version of "Vittoria Corombona")
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/12915/12915-8.txt

See diary 2 October 1661:
http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1661/10/02/#c41875

Bill   Link to this

"The White Devil; or, the Tragedie of Paulo Giordano Ursini, Duke of Brachiano, with the Life and Death of Vittoria Corombona, the famous Venetian Courtezan," by John Webster. Acted at the Phoenix, in Drury Lane, and first printed in 1612.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

The White Devil is a revenge tragedy by English playwright John Webster (1580–1634). According to Webster's own preface to the 1612 Quarto Edition, the play's first performance in that year was a notorious failure; he complained that the play was acted in the dead of winter before an unreceptive audience. The play's complexity, sophistication, and satire made it a poor fit with the repertory of Queen Anne's Men at the Red Bull Theatre, where it was first performed. It was successfully revived in 1630 by Queen Henrietta's Men at the Cockpit Theatre and published again in 1631.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_White_Devil

Terry Foreman   Link to this

The White Devil is a revenge tragedy by English playwright John Webster (1580–1634).

The story is loosely based on an event in Italy thirty years prior to the play's composition: the murder of Vittoria Accoramboni in Padua on 22 December 1585. Webster's dramatisation of this event turned Italian corruption into a vehicle for depicting "the political and moral state of England in his own day", particularly the corruption in the royal court.

The play explores the differences between the reality of people and the way they depict themselves as good, "white", or pure. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_White_Devil

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