Ben Jonson: A Life

Paperback | May 7, 2013

byIan Donaldson

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Ben Jonson was the greatest of Shakespeare's contemporaries. In the century following his death he was seen by many as the finest of all English writers, living or dead. His fame rested not only on the numerous plays he had written for the theatre, but on his achievements over three decadesas principal masque-writer to the early Stuart court, where he had worked in creative, and often stormy, collaboration with Inigo Jones. One of the most accomplished poets of the age.

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Ben Jonson was the greatest of Shakespeare's contemporaries. In the century following his death he was seen by many as the finest of all English writers, living or dead. His fame rested not only on the numerous plays he had written for the theatre, but on his achievements over three decadesas principal masque-writer to the early Stuar...

Ian Donaldson is a General Editor, with David Bevington and Martin Butler, of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson (Print Edition, 7 volumes, 2011; Electronic Edition, 2012). His previous OUP books include The World Upside-Down: Comedy From Jonson to Fielding (1970), Ben Jonson: Selected Works (Oxford Authors, 1985), Jonson...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pagesPublished:May 7, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199697477

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List of illustrationsNote on texts and dating1. Prologue: The Biographer's Bones2. Scotland 1618-16193. Debatable Land 1542-15724. Influences 1572-15885. Conflicts 1588-15926. Entering the Theatre 1594-15977. Saved by the Book 1597-15988. Global Satire 1598-16019. The Wolf's Black Jaw 1601-160310. Scots, Plots, and Panegyrics 1603-160511. Following the Plot 1606-712. Communities 1607-161213. City, Theatre, Court 1610-161214. Travels 1611-161315. Fame 1613-161616. Money 1614-161717. Scholarship 1619-163018. Lateness 1619-163719. Remembrance with PosterityAcknowledgements

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"a work of clarity and lucidity, exact in its historical detail, full of new material and ingeniously suggestive in its conjecture and interpretation." --Sam Leith, Spectator 01/10/2011