The Alchemist by Ben JonsonThe Alchemist by Ben Jonson

The Alchemist

byBen JonsonEditorBrian Woolland

Paperback | January 26, 1996

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The Alchemist has been described as 'the greatest farce in the English language'. In this edition, first published in 1995, Ben Jonson's rich play offers intriguing insights into London life of the early seventeenth century. He satirizes and celebrates the confusions and anarchy of a fast-moving city world populated by a fascinating array of diverse and devious characters. Cambridge Literature is a series of study texts which presents writing in the English-speaking world from the sixteenth century up to the present day. The student will find in each volume a helpful introduction and resource notes encouraging active and imaginative study.
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...
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Title:The AlchemistFormat:PaperbackDimensions:340 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:January 26, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521485835

ISBN - 13:9780521485838

Appropriate for ages: 16 - adult

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Table of Contents

Cambridge Literature; Introduction; The Alchemist; Resource notes; Further reading.

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The Alchemist has been described as 'the greatest farce in the English language'. In this newly established edition, Ben Jonson's rich play offers intriguing insights into London life of the early seventeenth century. He satirises and celebrates the confusions and anarchy of a fast-moving city world populated by a fascinating array of diverse and devious characters.