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'Tis Pity She's a Whore and Other Plays

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Ford wrote darkly about sexual and political passion, thwarted ambition, and incest. This selection of four plays also shows his ability to portray the poignancy of love as well as write entertaining comedy and create convincing roles for women. Setting Ford's earliest surviving independently written play, The Lover's Melancholy, alongside his three best-known works, The B ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 16th 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1971)
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I read the edition of these plays, and while I liked the larger format (decent-sized text, good space, and plenty of room for notes – not something frequently found in editions of English Renaissance plays), the lack of notes and historical detail for the plays, in addition to the number of typos, makes me wish I had opted for the Oxford edition. It’s enough of a challenge to read early seventeenth-century plays without having to figure out if a word is simply out of use or a typo. ...more
Sep 05, 2009 Wendy rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This collection of four plays by John Ford is a bit of a mixed bag.

The Lover's Melancholy is a wonderful play for people who think that the best thing about Shakespearean comedy is the cross-dressing. There are some laugh out-loud funny scenes generated by all the gender confusion - for example, there's a scene where a female character, finding her sexual advances rejected by the heroine (disguised as a boy), berates "him" at length for his lack of manliness. Doubly funny when you remember that
John W.
I was pleased to read 'Tis a Pity but I cannot say that I am in a rush to read more of Ford's plays. The recent Red Bull Theatre's production was a laudable effort to produce a rarely seen work but the cast was somewhat uneven and the production did not have the remarkable ability to highlight the qualities of the play being produced as did the Fiasco Theatre's production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
That play was ridiculous. It was like every spoof of Hamlet you've ever heard.
'Tis Pity She's a Whore: 4
This is really delightful. Written in 1633 (about 17 years after Shakespeare's death), this bawdy play deals with a brother and sister who fall in love with tragic consequences. There's nothing quite like Jacobean invective, and Act IV Scene 3 is an absolute delight. Surprising in its open treatment of the themes, given the time period. Highly recommended.

The Lover's Melancholy: 3
Also good but not quite as great. There is some pretty striking gender-bending that goes a
...the fuck did I just read??
Part star crossed lovers, part revenge, part corrupt church...with some incest mixed in...interesting and quick read. Not sure how I'd feel seeing it performed??
Read this for a "tragedy in drama" class in college. Lots of innuendos - gloves being dropped so they can be placed back on their hands. ;)
Jun 28, 2007 Julie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: classical theatre students
i read this while I lived in London. a great alternative to shakespeare. also great to produce-- i saw it with Jude Law in London in Fall 1999.
Ioan Prydderch
Pretty interesting play. Good one for looking at in relation to some of the theories of Luce Irigaray's of the feminine commodity.
well what's not to be completely disgusted about the incest, dark sexual passion set in the Elizabeth England...
Does the name not say it all? 'Tis Pity it's not Shakespeare or more people would've read't.
Benjamin Smith
Look, you see a title like that... You know you have to read the play. You just have to!
Only read The Broken Heart
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I only read Tis Pity.
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John Ford (baptised 17 April 1586 – c. 1640?) was an English Jacobean and Caroline playwright and poet born in Ilsington in Devon in 1586.

Ford left home to study in London, although more specific details are unclear — a sixteen-year-old John Ford of Devon was admitted to Exeter College, Oxford on 26 March 1601, but this was when the dramatist had not yet reached his sixteenth birthday. He joined a
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