The Selected Plays of Ben Jonson: Volume 1: Sejanus, Volpone, Epicoene or the Silent Woman by Ben JonsonThe Selected Plays of Ben Jonson: Volume 1: Sejanus, Volpone, Epicoene or the Silent Woman by Ben Jonson

The Selected Plays of Ben Jonson: Volume 1: Sejanus, Volpone, Epicoene or the Silent Woman

byBen JonsonEditorJohanna ProcterIntroduction byMartin Butler

Paperback | August 25, 1989

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This volume contains three of Ben Jonson's greatest plays - Sejanus (1603), Volpone (1606) and Epicoene, or The Silent Woman (1609). Sejanus, an experimental tragedy written in the classical manner, was labelled a seditious work at the time of its first production and embroiled Jonson with the Privy Council. Volpone is the first of his mature comedies, with a remarkable cast of Venetian legacy-hunters: using verse of mock-heroic grandeur Jonson created in the character of Volpone one of his most flamboyant and cynical swindlers. Epicoene is a brilliant farce which makes fun of the pretensions of the courtiers, wits and bluestockings of contemporary London. Jonson was unique in his own time for the close personal supervision he gave to the publication of his plays. As a result, the early published texts of the plays in this volume carry an unusually high degree of authorial intention. In preparing this modernised edition an attempt has been made to conserve something of the author's highly individual treatment of names, verb forms and punctuation.
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 Selected Plays of Ben Jonson: Volume 1: Sejanus, Volpone, Epicoene or the Silent WomanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.27 × 4.61 × 1.02 inPublished:August 25, 1989Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521292484

ISBN - 13:9780521292481

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Preface to the series; Introduction; 1. Sejanus; 2. Volpone; 3. Epicoene, or The Silent Woman.

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This volume contains three of Ben Jonson's greatest plays--Sejanus (1603), Volpone (1606) and Epicoene, or The Silent Woman (1609).