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The White Devil (1612) written by John Webster
The White Devil (Play)
The White Devil is a revenge tragedy that debuted in 1612 by English playwright John Webster (1580–1634). A notorious failure when it premiered, Webster complained 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. In 1707 Nahum Tate published an adaptation of Webster's play titled Injured Love.
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December 4, 2011
This play/book is discussed at Princeton in one of Jimmy's classes. Two quoted lines include "What because we are poor shall we be vicious?" and "Pray what means have you to keep me from the galleys, or the gallows?"