Ben Jonson: Sejanus

March 11, 1965|
Ben Jonson: Sejanus by Ben Jonson
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One of Jonson’s greatest plays, Sejanus, has seldom been edited, and is here published, with full notes and introduction, for the first time since 1911. Mr. Barish shows that Jonsonian tragedy can be understood and appreciated only by clearing the mind of Shakespearean preconceptions. The present edition makes the play available in a modernized text, explanatory notes gloss obscure phrases ignored by previous editors, and critical notes contain extracts in English translation of the portions of Tacitus on which Jonson based his plot. The critical introduction analyzes Jonson’s technique of metamorphosing history into poetry. Yale Ben Jonson, 3.
Mr. Barish is associate professor of English at the University of California.
Born in 1572, Ben Jonson rejected his father's bricklaying trade and ran away from his apprenticeship to join the army. He returned to England in 1592, working as an actor and playwright. In 1598, he was tried for murder after killing another actor in a duel, and was briefly imprisoned. One of his first plays, Every Man Out of His Humo...
Title:Ben Jonson: Sejanus
Product dimensions:224 pages, 8.14 X 5.08 X 0.56 in
Shipping dimensions:224 pages, 8.14 X 5.08 X 0.56 in
Published:March 11, 1965
Publisher:Yale University Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300094695

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