The Duchess Of Malfi: John Webster

'Tis better to be fortunate than wise.'

John Webster

One of my favorite classroom reads.

One of the most captivating female characters on the early modern stage.

This masterpiece takes a look at the familial bonds that pain and entrap the

Duchess. It makes references to the injustices of the past era (sycophantic

Jacobean court, corruption...) and could be seen as a proto-feminist play,

inspiring many other more recent productions that sprouted from the MeToo