The Cambridge Companion to Ben Jonson

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Richard L. Harp, Richard Harp, Stanley Stewart
Cambridge University Press, Nov 30, 2000 - Drama - 218 pages
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, epistle and lyric; in prose, literary criticism and English grammar. He became the most visible poet of his age, honored more than even William Shakespeare, and his dramatic works, in particular his major comedies, continue to be performed today. This Companion brings together leading scholars from both sides of the Atlantic to provide an accessible and 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. The volume is informed by the latest development in Jonson scholarship and will therefore appeal to scholars and teachers as well as newcomers to his work.
 

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Contents

True relation the life and career of Ben Jonson
1
Jonsons London and its theatres
15
Jonson and the court
30
Ben Jonson and learning
43
Jonsons satiric styles
58
The major comedies
72
Jonsons late plays
90
Jonson and Shakespeare and the rhythms of verse
103
Jonson and the arts
140
Ben Jonsons Folio of 1616
152
Jonsons classicism
163
Jonsons criticism
175
Jonsons critical heritage
188
Bibliography
202
Index
211
Copyright

Jonsons poetry
119

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