John Ford and the Drama of His Time

John Ford and the Drama of His Time

John Ford and the Drama of His Time

John Ford and the Drama of His Time

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A critic who to-day concerns himself with Ford must be dependent on much that he has learned from previous workers in this field: I am particularly conscious of a debt to Miss M. Joan Sargeaunt John Ford ( Oxford, 1935) and to Professor Robert Davril Le Drame de John Ford ( Paris, 1954).The following study is based on a series of lectures given at the Shakespeare Summer School of the University of Birmingham, held at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratfordupon-Avon, in 1955. At that time I had not been able to see either Professor Davril's book or Mr H. J. Oliver The Problem of John Ford ( Melbourne, 1955). In revising and considerably extending the original lectures (without modifying the main lines of argument), I have freely referred to the views of both these scholars. In its plan the present study differs from previous studies of the dramatist, and this may justify its appearance despite the recency of Professor Davril's and Mr Oliver's books. My concern has not been with biography or with detailed criticism of individual plays. It has, rather, been my primary wish to throw light on Ford's genius by tracing in his work the emergence of types of dramatic writing highly characteristic of their author, and to bring out their distinguishing marks by presenting them in relation to dominant dramatic types in the drama of the Jacobean and Caroline years.In footnotes the following abbreviations have been used throughout: . . .

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