Monday, April 11, 2011

'Tis Pity She's a Whore

Annabella is the most beautiful girl in Parma. Unfortunately, the only man that interests her is her brother. The affection is mutual; but this unholy lust will lead to the downfall of an entire family. This edition is illustrated with several black and white pictures.

This five-act tragedy by John Ford, was first performed sometime between 1629 and 1633 and published in 1633. The story concerns the incestuous love of Giovanni and his sister Annabella. When she is found to be pregnant, she agrees to marry her suitor Soranzo; the lovers' secret is discovered, but Soranzo's plan for revenge is outpaced by Giovanni's murder of Annabella and then Soranzo, and Giovanni himself is murdered by Soranzo's hired killers. The play exhibits an eloquent and glowing sympathy for the lovers, despite the unlawful nature of their union. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature



"We shall have time to talk at large of all; But never yet Incest and murder have so strangely met. Of one so young, so rich in nature's store, Who could not say, 'TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE?"

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