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'Tis Pity She's a Whore Summary
John Ford

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'Tis Pity She's a Whore Summary


First published in 1633, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore is perhaps the most popular and frequently performed play by John Ford, whom many scholars consider the last major dramatist of the English renaissance.

As a dramatist, Ford faced a difficult challenge. He wrote 'Tis Pity She's a Whore during the reign of King Charles (hence the term "Carolinian") and worked to entertain audiences who had grown up on some of the greatest plays in the English language, those of Jonson, Marlowe, and Shakespeare, among others. According to some critics, since audiences thought they had already seen everything, it was incumbent on Ford to try to show them something they had not seen. This in part accounts for the extreme behavior we see in the characters in Ford's plays.

'Tis Pity She's a Whore tells the tale of an incestuous love between Giovanni and his sister Annabella that ends in disaster...

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