Volpone

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University of California Press, 1968 - Extortion - 170 pages
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Jonson's comic masterpiece whichh illustrates the manipulations and schemes people concoct out of greed.

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User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

In my opinion, Volpone is Jonson's finest play. Fun, energetic, and full of twists without breaking Jonson's love of the Unities... Volpone makes everyone, Ben included, happy. Read full review

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User Review  - Dan - Goodreads

I love the play, but it was a bastard to learn. Read full review

Contents

Critical Introduction
1
Commentary
138
Bibliography
151
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About the author (1968)

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 Humor (1599) had fellow playwright William Shakespeare as a cast member. His success grew with such works as Volpone (1605) and The Alchemist (1610) and he was popular at court, frequently writing the Christmas masque. He is considered a very fine Elizabethan poet. In some anti-Stratfordian circles he is proposed as the true author of Shakespeare's plays, though this view is not widely accepted. Jonson was appointed London historian in 1628, but that same year, his life took a downward turn. He suffered a paralyzing stroke and lost favor at court after an argument with architect Inigo Jones and the death of King James I. Ben Jonson died on August 6, 1637.

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