Ford Edition Published

Cover of The Collected Works of John Ford The English programme is delighted to announce the publication by Oxford University Press of The Collected Works of John Ford, Volume I, edited by Rob Watt of the English programme, with Gilles Monsarrat and Sir Brian Vickers FBA.

John Ford (1586-1640?) was one of the leading playwrights of the generation following Shakespeare, best known for such plays as The Broken Heart, ’Tis Pity She's a Whore, and Perkin Warbeck. This, the first collected edition of his works since 1869, will span three volumes. Volume I contains in 700 pages all of Ford's poems and prose works, mostly written before he became a dramatist. Rob Watt has edited and written the commentary on Ford’s two longest poems: Fames Memoriall (1606), a panegyric to Charles Blount, a distinguished soldier, courtier and scholar who served both Elizabeth and James; and Christes Bloodie Sweat (1613), Ford’s greatest poem, an intense meditation on Christ’s Agony in the Garden, which widens out to a sharp analysis of individual and social corruption. The book also presents poems newly ascribed to Ford, A Funerall Elegie for William Peter (1612), discovered in manuscript in Los Angeles, and the Elegie for John Fletcher (1625), previously attributed erroneously to Shakespeare.

This old-spelling edition will be accompanied by a planned online concordance to Ford’s works directed by Rob Watt.

About the Authors

Gilles Monsarrat was Professor of English, Université de Dijon (now Université de Bourgogne).

Professor Sir Brian Vickers is a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study, London University and Fellow of the British Academy.

R. J. C. Watt is an Honorary Research Fellow in English in the School of Humanities.


Posted: 26 January 2012