The White Devil


Kate Aughterson: Webster, The Tragedies, Palgrave, 2001.

Laura L. Behling, 'S/he Scandles Our Proceedings': The Anxiety of Alternative Sexualities in The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi, in English Language Notes, Vol. 33, No. 4, June 1996, pp. 24–43.

Catherine Belsey: The subject of tragedy: identity and difference in Renaissance drama, Routledge, 1991

Travis Bogard: ‘An Interpretation of The White Devil,' in Shakespeare's Contemporaries, edited by Max Bluestone and Norman Rabkin, Prentice-Hall, 1970, p. 272; originally published in The Tragic Satire of John Webster, University of California Press, 1955, pp. 119–28.

Lara Bovilsky: Barbarous play: Race on the English Renaissance stage, University of Minnesota Press 2008

John Russell Brown (Editor): Webster, John, The White Devil, Manchester University Press, 1996.

Dympna Callaghan: Women and Gender in Renaissance Tragedy: A Study of King Lear, Othello, The Duchess of Malfi, and The White Devil, Humanities Press International, 1989, pp. 10, 140–47.

Jonathan Dollimore: Radical Tragedy, Religion, Ideology and Power in the Drama of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries, University of Chicago Press, 1984, pp. 231–46.

Matthew Gurewitsch: ‘A Dark Fable Escapes Shakespeare's Shadow' in the New York Times, January 7, 2001, Sec. 2, Col. 1, p. 1.

R.V. Holdsworth (Editor): Webster, 'The White Devil' and 'The Duchess of Malfi': A Casebook, Palgrave Macmillan 1975

L.C.Knights: Drama and Society in the Age of Jonson, Chatto & Windus 1962

Clifford Leech: John Webster : a critical study, Haskell House 1982

Zachary Lesser: Renaissance drama and the politics of publication: readings in the English book trade, Cambridge University Press 2004

Ania Loomba: Gender, Race and Renaissence Drama, Manchester University Press 1989

Jacqueline Pearson: Tragedy and tragicomedy in the plays of John Webster, Barnes & Noble, Inc; 1980

Margaret Loftus Ranald: John Webster, Twayne Publishers, 1989, pp. 29–43.

Thomas Rist: Revenge tragedy and the drama of commemoration in reforming England, Ashgate Publishing 2008

Stevie Simkin: Revenge Tragedy, Palgrave 2001

Sheryl Stevenson: 'As Differing as Two Adamants', Sexual Difference in The White Devil, in Sexuality and Politics in Renaissance Drama, edited by Carole Levin and Karen Robertson, Edwin Mellen Press, 1991, pp. 159–74.


There are no really comprehensive websites for The White Devil. The ones below have some useful biographical information and some record of critical opinions through the ages. There are also some useful critical essays here.


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