The Works of Ben Jonson: With Notes, Critical and Explanatory and a Biographical Memoir

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Kessinger Publishing, 2004 - Počet stran: 580
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1873. Volume One of Three. Edited by Lt. Colonel Francis Cunningham. Dramatist, poet, scholar and writer of court masques, Ben Jonson was the leading literary figure during the reign of King James I. Jonson was known as an avid scholar of Latin and Greek, and his mastery of the classics, the high-spirited buoyancy of his plays and the brilliance of his language have earned him a reputation as one of the great playwrights in English literature. Jonson was appointed court poet in 1605, and became a writer of court masques-elaborate spectacles that involved music, dancing, and pageantry. Contents of the First Volume: Dedication; Memoirs of Jonson; Proofs of Jonson's Malignity; Characters of Jonson; Ancient Commendatory Verses; Every Man in His Humour; Every Man Out of His Humour; Cynthia's Revels; or, The Fountain of Self-Love; The Poetaster; or, His Arraignment; Sejanus, His Fall; Volpone; or, The Fox; and Epiccene; or, The Silent Woman. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing. Other volumes in this set are ISBN(s): 1417944684, 1417944692.

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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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