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Title:
Ben Jonson revised
Author:
Summers, Claude J.
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Publication Information:
New York : Twayne Publishers, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xix, 293 pages : portrait ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Ben Jonson. 1979.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780805770629
Format :
Book

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Jacobean dramatist ("Volpone, The Alchemist"), lyric poet and literary critic who is generally regarded as the second most important English dramatist after Shakespeare.


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This substantially revised and enlarged edition replaces the authors' Ben Jonson (CH, Jun'80). Emphasizing the scholarship and critical commentary of the past two decades, the present title, including its documentation and bibliography, provides the newest information and insights concerning the biography of Jonson, the historical milieu in which he lived and wrote, and all of his works: poetry, drama, masques, and prose. The authors highlight how Jonson, more than any other Elizabethan and Jacobean author, was immersed in the political spectrum of the era, composing masques for royalty and nobility, seeking and receiving patronage, and achieving artistic and financial success. Likewise important in this study is the emphasis on Jonson's diverse outlook on life, particularly as it is reflected and interacts in his literary and dramatic works. Idealism conflicts with cynicism, magnanimity with the mockery of humankind's vices and vanities, and gentle lyricism with savage diatribe. This kaleidoscopic personality produced a plethora of works second only to Shakespeare's achievements in the same era. Most highly recommended for all academic collections. A. C. Labriola; Duquesne University