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Selected Plays of John Ford Plays By Renaissance and Restoration Dramatists

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ISBN-10: 0521295459

ISBN-13: 9780521295451

Edition: 1986

Authors: John Ford, Colin Gibson

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This selection contains the three finest plays of the Stuart dramatist John Ford. The Broken Heart is a classical tragedy of suffering; 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Ford's best-known play and one still frequently performed, is a tragic story of limitless ambition and social rivalry expressed in sexual terms; Perkin Warbeck is the last great successor to the history plays of Shakespeare. Together they exemplify the unique tone of Ford's drama, in which passion and gravity are united by a playwright with a poetic sense of theatre. This is the only one-volume selection of Ford's plays now available. The texts are modernised and equipped with notes explaining unfamiliar language and historical…    
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Book details

List price: $66.99
Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/29/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Ford, the second son of a landed gentleman, did not begin his career as a playwright until 1621, with his collaboration with Dekker on The Witch of Edmonton. As a dramatist, Ford was extremely interested in psychology, especially abnormal psychology, and his best-known plays are studies in frustration and quiet suffering. His plots tend to be static and deterministic, with the characters unable to act against a crushing destiny. In The Broken Heart (1629), because all the crucial events are fixed before the play begins, there is a heavy emphasis on pathos. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (1632) rewrites Romeo and Juliet with brother-sister incest and a violent revenge action. Perkin Warbeck (1633)…    

The Broken Heart
'Tis pity she's a whore
Perkin Warbeck