Three Revenge Tragedies

Three Revenge Tragedies

The Revenger’s Tragedy; The White Devil; The Changeling

Written by: Cyril Tourneur
Written by: John Webster
Written by: Thomas Middleton
Introduction by:
Edited by:

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780141441245
  • 368 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


Following the end of Queen Elizabeth’s reign in the early seventeenth century, the new court of King James was beset by political instability and moral corruption. This atmosphere provided fertile ground for the dramatists of the age, whose plays explore the ways in which social decadence and the abuse of power breed resentment and lead inexorably to violence and bloody retribution. In Tourneur’s The Revenger’s Tragedy, the debauched son of an Italian Duke attempts to rape the virtuous Gloriana – a veiled reference to Elizabeth I. Webster’s The White Devil depicts a sinister world of intrigue and murderous infidelity, while The Changeling, perhaps Middleton’s supreme achievement, powerfully portrays a woman bringing about her own unwitting destruction. All three are masterpieces of brooding intensity, dominated by images of decay, disillusionment and death.
Three Revenge Tragedies

Three Revenge Tragedies

Written by: Cyril Tourneur, Written by: John Webster, Written by: Thomas Middleton, Introduction by: Gamini Salgado, Edited by: Gamini Salgado