John Ford

John Ford

Birth
Death 1640 (aged 53–54)
Burial Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: Location unknown to historians
Memorial ID 10788568 · View Source
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Playwright. He is considered the most important dramatist of England's Jacobean period. His work often deals with forbidden passion and characters who live by their own moral code. "'Tis Pity She's a Whore" (c.1627), his best-known drama, was daring for its (apparently sympathetic) treatment of incest, and the theme turns up again in "The Broken Heart" (c.1629). With "Perkin Warbeck" (c.1633) Ford attempted to revive the History Play, a genre that had faded after the passing of William Shakespeare. His other plays include "The Lovers' Melancholy" (1628), "Love's Sacrifice" (1630), and "The Lady's Trial" (1638). Facts about Ford's life are scarce. Born in Ilsington, Devonshire, he was baptized on April 17, 1586. He went to London and for several years studied law at the Middle Temple, but was never admitted to the bar. In the early 1620's he turned to the stage and his first plays were collaborations, among them "The Witch of Edmonton" (1623), written with William Rowley and Thomas Dekker. Nothing is known of Ford's personal life and there is no record of him at all after 1639; when and where he died remains a mystery. It is somehow fitting that Ford vanished just before Parliament shut down England's theatres in 1642. He brings to a close an incomparable flowering of English Drama that began with Thomas Kyd and Christopher Marlowe and reached its summit with Shakespeare. There is a fanciful story that American film director John Ford, whose real name was Sean O'Feeney, knowingly took his pseudonym from the 17th Century playwright.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
  • Added: 15 Apr 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10788568
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Ford (Apr 1586–1640), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10788568, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Body lost or destroyed, who reports a Location unknown to historians.