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Volpone Description:

Bitter satiric comedy in blank verse is one of the great Elizabethan dramatist s finest plays The plot concerns a wealthy lecherous old man who feigns a mortal illness in order to solicit bribes from greedy acquaintances who hope to inherit his fortune Many complexities of plot and connivance ensue but in the end the guilty parties are exposed and punished Explanatory footnotes br

Rating: 3.79 out of 5

The Alchemist

The Alchemist Description:

Benjamin Jonson June August was an English dramatist actor and poet He is best known for his plays Volpone and The Alchemist and his lyric poems as well A good friend of William Shakespeare His works had influenced many poets and writers such Jacobean and Caroline

Rating: 3.30 out of 5

The Complete Poems

The Complete Poems Description:

One of the greatest English playwrights of the seventeenth century Ben Jonson was also a deeply influential lyric poet whose poetry combined classical ideals with a vigorous interest in contemporary life and colloquial language The Complete Poems contains all the volumes of poetry Jonson published in his lifetime including Epigrams The Forest and Underwoods alongside a wide variety of his other poems collected after his death Ranging from deeply moving pieces such as On My First Son and the elegant love lyric Song to Celia to brutally satirical poems such as On Poet Ape and the reflective An Ode to Himself it offers a powerful celebration of both one man s life and of an age

Rating: 3.45 out of 5

Bartholomew Fair

Bartholomew Fair Description:

i Bartholomew Fair i is the climactic play of Ben Jonson s great comic period Using the fair as a symbolic representation of religious social and political conflicts in Jacobean England Jonson satirizes Puritans fortune hunters country bumpkins and inept representatives of the justice system along with sharpsters and con men who inhabit the fair This edition is the first to use the findings of feminist scholarship in examining the play s concern with forced marriage pregnancy sexual commerce and widowhood br

Rating: 3.44 out of 5


Epicoene Description:

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Rating: 3.73 out of 5

Volpone and Other Plays

Volpone and Other Plays Description:

The three plays collected in this volume depict the faults errors and foibles of ordinary people with exuberant humour savage satire and acute observations Volpone portrays a rich Venetian who pretends to be dying so that his despised acquaintances will flock to his bedside with extravagant gifts in hope of an inheritance The Alchemist also deals with greed and gullibility as a rascally trio of confidence tricksters claiming to have the legendary Philosopher s Stone fool a series of victims who are hoping to make some easy money And in a wonderfully energetic portrait of Jacobean life Bartholomew Fair shows a diverse group of Londoners sampling the delights and temptations of the Fair and the traders prostitutes and cutpurses who set out to exploit them

Rating: 3.27 out of 5

The Alchemist and Other Plays

The Alchemist and Other Plays Description:

This edition brings together Jonson s four great comedies Volpone Epicene The Alchemist and Bartholomew Fair The texts of these plays have all been newly edited for this volume and are presented with modernized spelling Stage directions have been added to help actors and directors reconstruct the play the way it would have been performed in the seventeenth century and the introduction notes and glossary further bring to life these timeless comedies for the modern reader

Rating: 3.51 out of 5

Every Man in His Humour: Quarto Version

Every Man in His Humour: Quarto Version Description:

This edition breaks with the usual practice by presenting the quarto version of Ben Jonson s play set in Florence instead of the revised version set in London Robert S Miola presents a meticulously edited and modernized version of the play as originally acted by the Lord Chamberlain s Men with Shakespeare in the cast in Miola explores the relevance of the Italian setting particularly the potent variegated and fascinating body of myth and legend that constituted Italy for English audiences in The editor also illuminates the dramatic context of the play while paying detailed attention to the social political and religious contexts br

Rating: 3.65 out of 5

Ben Jonson and the Cavalier Poets

Ben Jonson and the Cavalier Poets Description:

Jonson is represented by a wide selection from the Epigrams includingthe mock epic On the Famous Voyage The Forest complete extensiveselections from Underwood including such well known pieces as ACelebration of Charis and the Cary Morison ode together with the Epithalamion on the Weston Stuart nuptials and An Execration UponVulcan and more Also included is a copious selection from the works of Richard Corbett Robert Herrick eighty two poems from Hesperides and fifteen from HisNoble Numbers Thomas Carew James Shirley Mildmay Fane ThomasRandolph Edmund Waller William Harbington Sir John Suckling SidneyGodolphin William Cartwright James Graham Marquis of Montrose SirJohn Denham Richard Lovelace Abraham Cowley Henry Vaughan andThomas Stanley The spelling and punctuation of the poems have been made consistentwith modern practice These and other alterations are discussed in theTextual Notes Footnotes serve primarily to gloss unfamiliar terms toclarify syntax and to explain allusions to mythological and historicalfigures and episodes Among the critics represented are Ben Jonson Francis Beaumont EdmundBolton James Howell Thomas Fuller Edward Hyde Samuel Butler JohnDryden Samuel Johnson William Hazlitt Algernon Charles Swinburne Patrick Cruttwell Joseph Summers Earl Miner Geoffrey Walton G A E Parfitt L A Beaurline Stephen Orgel Ronald Berman Bruce King Hugh Richmond Earl Wasserman D C Allen T S Eliot and HughMaclean

Rating: 3.61 out of 5

Five Plays

Five Plays Description:

This fully annotated and modernized collection of plays including Every Man in his Humour Sejanus Volpone The Alchemist and Bartholomew Fair represents the full range and complexity of Jonson s art as a playwright

Rating: 3.35 out of 5