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Ben Jonson : To the First Folio - Richard Dutton

Ben Jonson

To the First Folio

Paperback Published: 7th November 1983
ISBN: 9780521285964
Number Of Pages: 204

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This book offers a critical assessment of the career of one of the most formidable figures of English literature, the most influential poet and dramatist of the early seventeenth century. Richard Dutton focuses on the greatest landmark of Jonson"s career, the 1616 folio collection of his works with which he crowned his growing reputation as a man of letters, collecting together the majority of his most enduring works - including Every Man in his Humour, Volpone, The Alchemist; the tragedies Sejanus and Catiline; and the major masques and poems. The book relates these works (and another masterpiece, Bartholomew Fair, which belongs to the same period) to Jonson"s tempestuous life and times, touching on such issues as his involvement with the Gunpowder Plot, his frequent confrontations with the political authorities, his emergence as Poet Laureate at Court and his often touchy relations with fellow authors like Shakespeare and Donne. But the principal aim throughout is to offer detailed critical analyses of Jonson"s major works showing how, for all that they are rooted in the concerns of his own age, they are far more accessible and relevant to modern readers than is often assumed.

Preface
Introduction: The 1616 folio and its place in Jonson's career
The early plays
Sejanus and Volpone: the defence of virtue
Rare poems and rare friends: Jonson's Epigrams
The masques and Epicoene
The Forest, the Alchemist, Catiline: 'manners, arms and arts': a Renaissance ideal
Covert allusions: state decipherers and politic picklocks
Bartholomew Fair
Notes
Reading list
Index
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ISBN: 9780521285964
ISBN-10: 0521285968
Series: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 7th November 1983
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.26