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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Webster's life is obscure, and the dates of his birth and death are not known. His father, a coach maker also named John ... more »

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  • ''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.
  • ''When I go to hell, I mean to carry a bribe: for look you, good gifts evermore make way for the worst persons.''
    John Webster (1580-1625), British dramatist. The Duchess of Malfi, act 5, sc. 2.
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Vanitas Vanitatum

All the flowers of the spring
Meet to perfume our burying;
These have but their growing prime,
And man does flourish but his time:
Survey our progress from our birth;
We are set, we grow, we turn to earth.
Courts adieu, and all delights,
All bewitching appetites!
Sweetest breath and clearest eye,
Like perfumes, go out and die;
And consequently this is done
As shadows wait upon the sun.
Vain ambition of kings
Who seek by trophies and dead things
To leave a living name behind,
And weave but nets to catch the wind.

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