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John Ford (Playwright)
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    (April 17, 1586-circa 1639)
    Born in Ilsington, England, United Kingdom
    Best-known play was 'Tis Pity She's a Whore' (ca. 1629)
    Other plays include 'The Witch of Edmonton,' 'The Lover's Melancholy' 'The Broken Heart,' 'Love's Sacrifice,' 'Perkin Warbeck' and 'The Lady's Trial'
    Little is known about his personal life.
    Several of his plays are lost.
    He specialized in blood-soaked revenge tragedies. (Epitomized by the 'Tis Pity...' stage direction 'Enter Giovanni with a heart upon his dagger.')
    Because it centers on an incestuous affair, 'Tis Pity...' was frequently banned.
    Several modern critics have likened him to a 17th-century Quentin Tarantino.
    Peter Greenaway's film 'The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover' was inspired by 'Tis Pity She's a Whore.'
    The 'New York Times' wrote that his plays are 'somehow both restrained and outrageous, shrewd and shocking.'

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