Blood, Guts, and John Webster

John WebsterHere is a BBC Arts at the Globe clip on John Webster: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01zk8vg

In the movie Shakespeare In Love, directed by John Madden, John Webster is introduced as a young boy feeding a live mouse to a cat. In this scene, Webster then has a conversation with Shakespeare, telling him that his favorite part of Will’s play is the most gruesome scene. Webster carries on to become one of the most recognized writers in Gothic Literature. John Webster was an English Jacobean dramatist who lived from 1580 to 1634. He was mostly known for writing Tragedies, such as The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi. Webster wrote bloody, gruesome plays that showed the dark side of mankind. His plays usually included adultery, murder, treachery, suffering, and political scheming. Little is truly know of his life, but sources suggest that at some point, Webster did in fact work with William Shakespeare.

Sources:  http://writersinspire.org/content/john-webster-darker-playwright-renaissance-england; http://www.theatrehistory.com/british/webster001.html

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