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The Alchemist and Other Plays: Volpone, or The Fox; Epicene, or The Silent Woman : Volpone, or The Fox; Epicene, or The Silent Woman; The Alchemist; Bartholemew Fair - Ben Jonson

The Alchemist and Other Plays: Volpone, or The Fox; Epicene, or The Silent Woman

Volpone, or The Fox; Epicene, or The Silent Woman; The Alchemist; Bartholemew Fair

Hardcover Published: 22nd June 1995
ISBN: 9780198121503
Number Of Pages: 560

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This edition brings together Jonson's four great comedies in one volume. Volpone, which was first performed in 1606, dramatizes the corrupting nature of greed in an exuberant satire set in contemporary Venice. The first production of Epicene marked the end of a year-long closure of the theatres because of an epidemic of Plague in 1609; its comedy affirms the consolatory power of laughter at such a time. The Alchemist (1610) deploys the metaphors of alchemical transformation to emphasize the mutability of the characters and ther relationships. In Bartholomew Fair (1614) Jonson ebroils the visitors to the fair in its myriad temptations, exposing the materialistic impulses beneath the apparent godliness of jacobean Puritans. Under the General Editorship of Michael Cordner of the University of York, the texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation. Stage directions have been added to facilitate the reconstruction of the plays' performance, and there is a scholarly introduction, detailed annotation, and a glossary.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Ben Jonson
Volpone, or The Foxp. 1
Epicene, or The Silent Womanp. 119
The Alchemistp. 211
Bartholomew Fairp. 327
Explanatory Notesp. 434
Glossaryp. 516
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ISBN: 9780198121503
ISBN-10: 0198121504
Series: Oxford Drama Library
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 22nd June 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 3.51
Weight (kg): 0.86

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