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John Ford

(1586—1639) playwright

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(1586–after 1639),

wrote all or a substantial part of 18 plays, of which seven have been lost. Between 1621 and 1625 he collaborated with Dekker and others in at least five plays including The Witch of Edmonton. After 1625Ford probably worked alone. His chief plays are The Lover's Melancholy (1629), Love's Sacrifice (1633), 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (1633), The Broken Heart (1633), Perkin Warbeck (1634), The Lady's Trial (1639). Ford's plays are predominantly concerned with human dignity, courage, and endurance in suffering. He explores melancholy, torture, incest, delusion, but always seriously and objectively, through ‘the distinct personal rhythm in blank verse which could be no one's but his alone’ (T. S. Eliot).

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