Aughterson, Kate. Webster: The Tragedies. New York: Palgrave, 2001. An analysis of the tragic works of Webster. Includes bibliography and index.
Cervo, Nathan A. “Webster’s The White Devil.” The Explicator 57, no. 2 (Winter, 1999): 73-75. Cervo examines Webster’s The White Devil, focusing on Brachiano’s reference to Saint Anthony’s fire.
Goldberg, Dena. Between Worlds: A Study of the Plays of John Webster. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1987. Webster, born into the Elizabethan world, spoke frequently of its institutions and laws. That world was crumbling during the early years of Webster’s maturity. According to Goldberg, the second world is that of revolutionary fervor in the 1640’s; Webster, dead before 1640, is a prerevolutionary. He is an iconoclast, but he sees potential for a new order.
Oakes, Elizabeth. “The Duchess of Malfi as a Tragedy of Identity.” Studies in Philology 96, no. 1 (Winter, 1999): 51-67. This essay examines the Duchess of Malfi’s behavior as a widow, placing it within the context of the society in which she lived.
Ranald, Margaret Loftus. John Webster. Boston: Twayne, 1989. This brief, general, and quite readable overview of Webster’s life and work contains basic information about dating, sources, and texts. Critical sections are distinguished by the absence of esoteric argument. Includes lengthy annotated bibliography.
Waage, Frederick O. “The White Devil” Discover’d: Backgrounds and Foregrounds in Webster’s Tragedy. New York: Peter Lang, 1984. Extremely close readings of the play (the foreground) follow the action carefully. Knowledge of historical events and contemporary publications (the background) contribute to interpretation.
Wymer, Rowland. Webster and Ford. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1995. Wymer compares and contrasts the works of English dramatists John Ford and Webster. Includes bibliography and index.