Every Man in His Humour

ISBN-10: 0713643978
ISBN-13: 9780713643978
Edition: 2nd 1998
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List price: $13.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 7/31/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.418
Language: English

New Mermaids are modern-spelling, fully-annotated editions of important English plays. Each volume includes a critical introduction, biography of the author, discussions of dates & sources, textual details, & information about staging the play.

Born in 1572, Ben Jonson rejected his father's bricklaying trade and ran away from his apprenticeship to join the army. He returned to England in 1592, working as an actor and playwright. In 1598, he was tried for murder after killing another actor in a duel, and was briefly imprisoned. One of his first plays, Every Man Out of His Humor (1599) had fellow playwright William Shakespeare as a cast member. His success grew with such works as Volpone (1605) and The Alchemist (1610) and he was popular at court, frequently writing the Christmas masque. He is considered a very fine Elizabethan poet. In some anti-Stratfordian circles he is proposed as the true author of Shakespeare's plays, though this view is not widely accepted. Jonson was appointed London historian in 1628, but that same year, his life took a downward turn. He suffered a paralyzing stroke and lost favor at court after an argument with architect Inigo Jones and the death of King James I. Ben Jonson died on August 6, 1637.

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