Poetaster, Or, The Arraignment: Sejanus His Fall ; The Devil is an Ass ; The New Inn, Or, The Light Heart

Oxford University Press, 2000 - 529 pàgines
A quintesstential selection of the dramatic work of Ben Jonson, this edition features the plays Poetaster, Sejanus, The Devil is An Ass, and New Inn. Jonson's work is renowned for its wit and biting religions and social commentary these four plays are no exception. The plays featured in this edition have been freshly edited from the earliest printed texts. The introduction focuses on the interaction between poet and state authority, and the need for new productions of these rarely performed classics from our dramatic heritage.

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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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