Ford, John (15861639)

Ford, John, dramatist, born at Islington, North Devon; studied at Oxford, and entered the Middle Temple in 1602, but was never called to the bar; in 1606 appeared his first poetic work “Fame's Memorial,” an elegy on the death of the Earl of Devonshire, and for the next 33 years he was a prolific writer of plays, chiefly tragedies, collaborating in some cases with Dekker and Webster; “The Broken Heart” was greatly admired by Charles Lamb, and “Perkin Warbeck” is considered by Stopford Brooke the best historical drama after Shakespeare; there is little of the lighter graces about his work, and he is prone to go beyond the bounds of nature in his treatment of the tragic, but his grip on the greater human passions, and his power of moving presentment, are undoubted (15861639).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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