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The Cambridge companion to Ben Jonson
Harp, Richard.
Publication Information:
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xvi, 218 pages ; 24 cm.
True relation: the life and career of Ben Jonson / Sara van den Berg -- Jonson's London and its theatres / Martin Butler -- Jonson and the court / Leah S. Marcus -- Ben Jonson and learning / R.V. Young -- Jonson's satiric styles / Richard Dutton -- The major comedies / David Bevington -- Jonson's late plays / Richard Harp -- Jonson and Shakespeare and the rhythm of verse / Russ McDonald -- Jonson's poetry / Ian Donaldson -- Jonson and the arts / Stephen Orgel -- Ben Jonson's folio of 1616 / James A. Riddell -- Jonson's classicism / John Mulryan -- Jonson's criticism / Stanley Stewart -- Jonson's critical heritage / Robert C. Evans.
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PR2631 .C35 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Ben Jonson is, in many ways, the figure of greatest centrality to literary study of the Elizabethan and Jacobean period. He wrote in virtually every literary genre: in drama, comedy, tragedy and masque; in poetry, epigram, and lyric; in prose, literary criticism and English grammar. This Companion brings together leading scholars from both sides of the Atlantic to provide an accessible, up-to-date introduction to Jonson's life and works. It represents an invaluable guide to current critical perspectives, providing generous coverage not only of his plays but also his non dramatic works.

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The 14 essays in this collection present a comprehensive view of Jonson's life and career as poet, playwright, literary critic, and advocate and practitioner of the sister arts. Jonson was a visual designer for illustrations in books, including architectural and geometric configurations on title pages and frontispieces, for scenic backdrops, and for costumes. He also oversaw music and choreography for masques and entertainments. Consistent in the high quality of its essays, this volume promotes many new views of Jonson while summarizing previous commentary. At the same time, the contributors approach their topics by situating Jonson in the intellectual climate, social environment, cultural milieu, and politics from which his diverse works issued. As such, this title, while serving as excellent literary history, more broadly expounds a history of ideas, which will appeal to specialists in many areas--sociology, theater arts, political science, and cultural, intellectual, and art history. Uniformly well written, well researched, and persuasively argued, this work is a necessary acquisition for all collections serving upper-division undergraduates and above. A. C. Labriola Duquesne University

Table of Contents

Chronology of Jonson's life and dates of works
1 True relation: the life and career ofBen Jonson Sara van den Berg
2 Jonson's London and its theatresMartin Butler
3 The courtLeah S. Marcus
4 LearningRobert Young
5 Satiric stylesRichard Dutton
6 The major comediesDavid Bevington
7 Late playsRichard Harp
8 Jonson and Shakespeare Russ McDonald
9 And the artsStephen Orgel and Jonson
10 The folio of 1616James Riddell
11 ClassicismJohn Mulryan
12 PoetryIan Donaldson
13 Jonson's criticismStanley Stewart
12 The critical heritageRobert Evans