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Selected Plays of Ben Jonson Sejanus, Volpone, Epicoene or the Silent Woman

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ISBN-10: 0521292484

ISBN-13: 9780521292481

Edition: 1989

Authors: Ben Jonson, Johanna Procter, Martin Butler

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This volume contains three of Ben Jonson's greatest plays - Sejanus (1603), Volpone (1606) and Epicoene, or The Silent Woman (1609). Sejanus, an experimental tragedy written in the classical manner, was labelled a seditious work at the time of its first production and embroiled Jonson with the Privy Council. Volpone is the first of his mature comedies, with a remarkable cast of Venetian legacy-hunters: using verse of mock-heroic grandeur Jonson created in the character of Volpone one of his most flamboyant and cynical swindlers. Epicoene is a brilliant farce which makes fun of the pretensions of the courtiers, wits and bluestockings of contemporary London. Jonson was unique in his own time…    
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Book details

List price: $58.95
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/25/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 4.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
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…    

Preface to the series
Introduction
Sejanus
Introductory note
Text
Volpone
Introductory note
Text
Epicoene, or the Silent Woman
Introductory note
Text
Notes
Textual notes
Additional notes