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'Tis Pity She's a Whore and Other Plays: The Lover's Melancholy; The Broken Heart; 'Tis Pity She's a Whore; Perkin Warbeck (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – September 16, 1999


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  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (September 16, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192834495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192834492
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,871,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lomax and Oxford are to be conreatulated, as several of these plays have been unavailable, and they are fine contributions.... The texts are clear and carefully done. Spelling and punctuation have been modernized, and the editor provides a good, brief introduction to each of the plays, a chronology of Ford's life, and a glossary."--Choice


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

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on March 8, 2010
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"'Tis Pity She's a Whore" is the best known of John Ford's eight surviving plays, and the only one that 'holds the boards' these days, the only one you're likely to see even at a Shakespearean festival. That's our loss. "Pity" is a bloody spectacle, an uproarious tragedy, an outrageous assault on the pieties and conventions of our times as much as of 1625, when it was first staged. It's as well crafted and sonorous in language as Shakespeare's Othello or Webster's White Devil, plays with which it has a strong affinity. It regales us with murders aplenty, ecclesiastical corruption and incest not redeemed at the last moment by the discovery of any 'real' identity of one of the incestuous couple. It's as bawdy and sardonic as the gnarliest of Elizabethan/Jacobean drama, and it's both suspenseful and fast-paced. Literary critics have spilled their ink over the morality of its author, about whom as little is known as about Shakespeare. What particularly must have stunned a Jacobean audience was the frank avowal of atheism on the part of the central character, an atheism that nothing else in the play cancels or repudiates. Ford must have been a brave, or a protected, playwright ... or else should we suppose that London audiences in 1625 were more receptive to apostasy and moral anarchy than those in America today?

Reading a play is always a thin gruel, and the language of Ford's plays will be challenging for many people in 2010. Luckily there are ample notes, a glossary, and an insightful introduction to aid the brave reader. The first two plays in this Oxford edition -- "The Lover's Melancholy" and "The Broken Heart" are standard Elizbethan/Jacobean fare, tales of thwarted love, rivalry, and revenge.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Gnome du Plumb on November 9, 2006
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All of these in the Oxford English Drama series are well worth the money. Thank heavens (and Oxford) that they are in print at this price. I am collecting them all. I've got a shelf of them now. Jane Smiley, writing on something else, said one doesn't need Shakespeare's contemporaries to recognize his greatness. I feel that misses a giant point: so much of our understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare can be enriched by reading the Bard's contemporaries. In fact, if we want to get very deep into any "Jacobethan" drama we need exposure to a bunch of it. Besides, and here is the great part -- much of it is very good. I saw a wonderful production of The Duchess Of Malfi this summer and took my Oxford paperback along for consulting -- not that it was required to enjoy the show. Oh, and the further perk is that we can read Perkin Warbeck and wonder just what the heck Eliot meant by calling it a perfect play! Now, that is what I call fun.
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By RAD on July 8, 2014
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a bit dated, and i did have to work to enjoy the different prose.
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1 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jessie Goodman on June 11, 2009
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I got my book fairly promptly, a little over a week after ordering it. It came in good condition, with only a small wrinkle on the front cover. There were no markings in it, or torn pages. I was very, very pleased with my item and it's delivery! yay!
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