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Tis Pity She's a Whore and Other Plays [Kindle Edition]

John Ford
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John Ford (1586-1637) was an English playwright and poet whose interest in aberrant psychology helped him create very unique, and very successful works. After a period of major collaboration with various playwrights, from about 1621 to 1625, Ford began working independently; writing plays for theatrical companies like the King's Men at the Blackfriars. Following the literary reign of such figures as Jonson, Marlowe and Shakespeare, Ford felt the need to shock and intrigue audiences with new and exciting material. This edition features four of Ford's most notable plays: "'Tis Pity She's a Whore," which tells of the incestuous love between Giovanni and his sister Annabella; "The Lover's Melancholy," a quiet tragicomedy exploring the human psyche; "The Broken Heart," the borderline incestuous story of a brother and sister, tied with themes of jealousy, murder and revenge; and "The Chronicle History of Perkin Warbeck," about the conflicts among Warbeck, Henry VII, and James IV of Scotland, and which T. S. Eliot named "unquestionably Ford's highest achievement."


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About the Author

Marion Lomax is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Language and Literature, St Mary's University College, Strawberry Hill.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 701 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1420940635
  • Publisher: Digireads.com (21 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Y0QYGU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,692 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Full Accurate Text 27 Nov. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This Kindle product is a full faithful rendering of the standard text of the plays involved. I has no 'extras': commentary, notes etc but just the text.

It is therefore useful as a source but not particularly for study. Like all Kindle plays the presentation on the standard size screen also does not lend itself to line learning.

I certainly don't intend to review the plays themselves on this forum - wasted as I suspect nobody who doesn't know the plays is going to look at any review.

The volume suffers from a problem often found with similar Kindle presentations: it opens at the start of the first play and there is no 'table of contents' option on the Go to.. menu option. You have to either Go to the cover and page forward to the TOC or go to the 'beginning' and page back to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Tis Pity He's Relatively Unknown 30 Sept. 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The plays in this volume really are exquisite. Beautifully crafted, subtly pitched, they obviously stem from a fine sensibility; they just go to confirm the verdict of later figures such as Coleridge, Lamb, and Swinburne that Ford was not only a great dramatist, but also one of the great English poets.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Writing in the 1620s, well after Shakespeare and Marlowe, John Ford is now little read and rarely produced. Which is a shame as his plays have a dramatic power and tension that recall some of the gothic barbarity of Webster, though in much simpler language.

The highlight of this collection is 'Tis Pity She's a Whore: set in Italy, it tells the story of incestuous love between Giovanni and Annabella, brother and sister, and the sexual jealousy that ensues when she is forced into marriage. Stark, dark and bloody, this builds to a predictable but still shockingly visual climax.

With intertextual references to Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and classical literature such as Ovid's Metamorphoses, this weaves it's own taut and tense spell over the reader. Short but memorable.
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