This edition of "The Devil is an Ass" (1616) aims to provide an insight into Jonson's life and work, the theatrical qualities of the play, its political background and its textual history. In his introduction, Peter Happe looks at the special place of the play in Jonson's own life, his interest in London, the theatrical setting of the play and its sources and analogues. There are critical and explanatory commentaries and a glossarial index. The play is seen in its historical and political context, by linking it with late medieval and Elizabethan plays, as well as with the Jacobean stage. The text is meticulously and reliably edited, with modernized spelling for today's reader. A commentary is provided to explain difficult or significant passages. The stage history of the play also includes very recent productions.
Jonson and the play; London; the stage; sources; the text - "The Devil is an Ass"; Wittipol's song; extract from "I Secreti della Signora Isabella Cortese".
Series: The Revels Plays
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 21st December 1999
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Type: New edition