Volpone

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Nick Hern Books, 1995 - Drama - 141 pages
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Volpone is a Venetian aristocrat, a loveable rogue who enjoys the cunning pursuit of wealth more than money itself. Pretending to be mortally ill, he watches as his greedy neighbours swarm around him with expensive gifts in the hope of inheriting his fortune.

Edited by R.B.Parker, introduced by Colin Counsell.

Volpone is a set text for AQA Drama and Theatre Studies A/AS Level, for AQA English Language and Literature A/AS Level, for AQA English Literature A/AS Levelr, for WJEC Drama and Theatre Arts A/AS Level and for OCR English Literature A/AS Level.

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Riotous farce about money and greed. Ben Jonson is no Shakespeare, but he has quite a talent. Read full review

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About the author (1995)

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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