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Ben Jonson : a life

Author: Ian Donaldson
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Ben Jonson was the greatest of Shakespeare's contemporaries. His fame rests not only on the numerous plays he had written, but on his achievements over three decades as principal masque writer to the early Stuart court, where he had worked in creative, if at times stormy, collaboration with Inigo Jones. One of the most accomplished poets of the age, he was, in fact if not in title, the first Poet Laureate in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Ben Jonson; Ben Jonson; Ben Jonson; Ben Jonson; Ben Jonson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Donaldson
ISBN: 9780198129769 0198129769
OCLC Number: 713186711
Awards: Shortlisted for James Tait Black Memorial Book Prize: Biography 2012.
Description: xvii, 533 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: The biographer's bones --
Scotland 1618-1619 --
Debatable land 1542-1572 --
Influences 1572-1588 --
Conflicts 1588-1592 --
Entering the theatre 1594-1597 --
Saved by the book 1597-1598 --
Global satire 1598-1601 --
The wolf's black jaw 1601-1603 --
Scots, plots, and panegyrics 1603-1605 --
Following the plot 1605-1607 --
Employment 1607-1610 --
Communities 1607-1612 --
Travels 1611-1613 --
Fame 1613-1616 --
Money 1614-1617 --
Scholarship 1619-1630 --
Growing old 1619-1626 --
Dying late 1626-1637 --
Remembrance with posterity.
Responsibility: Ian Donaldson.


Soldier, satirist, duellist, principal masque-writer to the early Stuart court, tutor to the son of Sir Walter Ralegh, and Shakespeare's greatest contemporary, Ben Jonson was a complex and volatile  Read more...
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It was a brilliant, epoch making, and memorable life superbly served by Ian Donaldson. Jonson earned his fame. This is and will remain the biography to have. Ralph Berry, Contemporary Review A rare Read more...

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