The Tragedy of the Dutchesse of Malfy

The Tragedy of the Dutchesse of Malfy  (1623) 
by John Webster

The Duchess of Malfi is a macabre, tragic play, written by the English dramatist John Webster and first performed in 1614 at the Globe Theatre in London, and published for the first time in 1623. It is loosely based on true events that occurred between about 1508 and 1513, recounted in William Painter's The Palace of Pleasure (1567).

This transcription is of the first edition.



As it was presented privatly, at the Black-Friers,
and publiquely at the Globe, By the
Kings Majesties Servants.

The perfect and exact Coppy, with diverse
things Printed, that the length of the Play would
not beare in the Presentment.

Written by John Webster.

Flora.——Si quid——
——Candidus Imperti si non bis viere mecum.


Printed by Nicholas Okes, for John
, and are to be sold at the
signe of the Crowne, in Paules
Church-yard, 1623.

This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.