Four Revenge Tragedies
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Francis Bacon described revenge as ‘a kind of wild justice’. Then, as now, early modern playwrights and their theatre-going public were fascinated by the anarchic energies that a desire for retribution unleashes. This volume presents four plays, with four different approaches to revenge: The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd; The Revenger's Tragedy (anonymous); John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore; and The White Devil by John Webster. This student edition contains an introduction and fully annotated, modernized texts.