Ben Jonson: A Life

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Harvard University Press, Jan 1, 1989 - Biography & Autobiography - 399 pages
2 Reviews
'Compelling... Riggs's approach to the man-as-artist is to see him as a paradox, a man of reckless defiance who boasted openly about his womanizing and criminal record, and who nonetheless represented himself in Renaissance England as the great model of a self-restrained and chastely austere classical style of writing... David Riggs's eminently readable and generously illustrated study not only fully justifies our curiosity, but handles with admirable tact what might be lurid and sensational if our only interest were the gossip.'New York Times Book Review
  

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User Review  - Jeffrey - Goodreads

Very informative; reinforced the depth of social dislocation that took place in Tudor/Stuart England as the Reformation displaced the Catholic church. It seemed to have been a Cold War mentality on ... Read full review

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User Review  - Robert Priest - Goodreads

A good well written book. Informative about the era as well as the man. I am mostly interested in Shakespeare and read this in search of some crumb of information I didn't already have. Alas to no ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue i
2
Coming of Age in Elizabethan England i Beginnings
9
The Comedy of Humors
36
Angry Young Man
49
Search for Patronage and the Poets Quarrel
63
Early Tragedies
86
A Jacobean Man of Letters
103
The Poet and the King
105
The Making of a Jacobean Poet
215
Our Wel Beloved Servant
240
Celebrity and Decline
261
Growing Old under Charles I
293
Return to the Playhouse
295
Come Leave the Lothed Stage
309
Endings
331
Epilogue
351

Eastward Ho Prison and Volpone
122
Man about Town
146
Reluctant Patriot
164
The Broken Compass
188
Notes
357
Illustration Credits
387
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About the author (1989)

David F. Riggs is curator of the Jamestown museum, part of the Colonial National Historical Park. His previous books include Vicksburg Battlefield Monuments and two regimental histories. He has also written numerous articles and book reviews. He has degrees in history from Lock Haven University (B.A.) and Pennsylvania State University (M.A.).

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