John Webster

(1578 - 1632 / London, England)

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John Webster was an English Jacobean dramatist best known for his tragedies The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi, which are often regarded as masterpieces of the early 17th-century English stage. He was a contemporary of William Shakespeare.

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  • ''We are merely the stars' tennis-balls, struck and bandied
    Which way please them.''
    John Webster (1580-1625), British dramatist. repr. In The Complete Works of John Webster, ed. F.L. Lucas (1927). Bosola, in The Duchess of Malfi, act ...
  • ''Other sins only speak; murder shrieks out:
    The element of water moistens the earth,
    But blood flies upwards, and bedews the heavens.''
    John Webster (1580-1625), British dramatist. repr. In The Complete Works of John Webster, ed. F.L. Lucas (1927). Bosola, in The Duchess of Malfi, act ...
  • ''Glories, like glow-worms, afar off shine bright,
    But looked to near, have neither heat nor light.''
    John Webster (1580-1625), British dramatist. repr. In The Complete Works of John Webster, ed. F.L. Lucas (1927). Bosola's song, in The Duchess of Malf...
  • ''Eagles commonly fly alone. They are crows, daws, and starlings that flock together.''
    John Webster (1580-1625), British dramatist. Ferdinand, in The Duchess of Malfi, act 5, sc. 2.
  • ''Fortune's a right whore.
    If she give ought, she deals it in small parcels,
    That she may take away all at one swoop.''
    John Webster (1580-1625), British dramatist. repr. In The Complete Works of John Webster, ed. F.L. Lucas (1927). Lodovico, in The White Devil, act 1, ...
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