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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Tis Pity He's Relatively Unknown, 30 Sep 2009
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This review is from: 'Tis Pity She's a Whore and Other Plays (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, bloody and brutal little gems of Jacobean tragedy, 25 May 2009
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This review is from: 'Tis Pity She's a Whore and Other Plays (Oxford World's Classics) (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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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Tis Pity she's a Whore Oxford World Classics, 29 Jan 2013
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Good working copy for students with the opportunity to read other plays from the same genre.Pity there are not more extensive notes
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing!, 10 Jan 2007
I read this for my english literature class and couldn't wait to buy myself a copy to keep. it is a brilliant story, the drama in this is very intense. I won't spoil the story, but I highly recommend it.
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