Bartholmew Fair

ISBN-10: 071367427X

ISBN-13: 9780713674279

Edition: 2nd 2007

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Description: This edition has been updated with a new introduction that examines Bartholomew Fair as a reading text, as a text for performance, and as a play that questions theater itself. There is a lively and comprehensively researched account of the play's historical, social, and theatrical context. Professor Leggatt has also updated the commentary and further reading section.

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Book details

List price: $13.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Publication date: 4/20/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

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.

Alexander Leggatt is Professor of English at University College, University of Toronto.

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