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The Selected Plays of Ben Jonson: Volume 2 : The Alchemist, Bartholomew Fair, The New Inn, A Tale of a Tub - Ben Jonson

The Selected Plays of Ben Jonson: Volume 2

The Alchemist, Bartholomew Fair, The New Inn, A Tale of a Tub

By: Ben Jonson, Martin Butler (Editor)

Paperback Published: 13th November 1989
ISBN: 9780521318426
Number Of Pages: 556

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Four of Ben Jonson's plays are examined in this volume: two are his major works and two from his later oeuvre. The Alchemist (1610) is a major satire on folly and greed, brilliantly plotted and dazzling in its use of language. Bartholomew Fair (1614), possibly Jonson's greatest achievement, reveals a panoramic depiction of London society. The New Inn (1629) and A Tale of a Tub (1633) suggest a different Jonson, exploring new forms and writing from a profoundly modified perspective. In The New Inn, a romantic comedy overlaid with an atmospheric melancholy and ethical urgency, Jonson engages seriously for the first time with the conventions of non-satiric comedy. A Tale of a Tub, a riotous farce set in the early years of Queen Elizabeth, is now widely regarded as a nostalgic Jonsonian pastiche of Elizabethan popular drama. In recent criticism, Jonson's later career has been undergoing considerable reassessment, and this edition is the first that attempts to take this new view of Jonson into account.

Preface to the series
The Alchemist Introductory note Text
Bartholomew Fair Introductory note Text
The New Inn Introductory note Text
A Tale of a Tub Introductory note Text
Textual notes
Additional notes
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521318426
ISBN-10: 0521318424
Series: Selected Plays : Book 2
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 556
Published: 13th November 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 11.71  x 2.67
Weight (kg): 0.51

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