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Ben Jonson's Plays and Masques

Ben Jonson's Plays and Masques - 2nd edition

Ben Jonson's Plays and Masques - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 9780393976380

ISBN10: 0393976386

Ben Jonson
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
Published: 2001
International: No
Ben Jonson

ISBN13: 9780393976380

ISBN10: 0393976386

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 01

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This collection features three of Jonson's masterpieces: Volpone, Epicoene, and The Alchemist. Also included are three masques: Mercury Vindicated from the Alchemist at Court, Pleasure Reconciled to Virtue, and--new to the Second Edition--The Masque of Blackness, Jonson's first masque and one that deals with issues of interest to contemporary culture. Each text includes expanded annotations.

Jonson on His Work collects statements by the author on plays and on poetry taken from some of the plays, fromDiscoveries, and from Conversations with William Drummond of Hawthornden. Contemporary Readers on Jonson includes tributes and poems about the author and his work. A new section--Backgrounds and Sources''--includes selections from texts that helped shaped the dramatist's vision.

Criticism includes twelve essays--nine of them new to the Second Edition--by Jonas A. Barish, Robert C. Evans, Anne Barton, John Dryden, Robert Watson, Edward B. Partridge, Ian Donaldson, Richard Harp, D. J. Gordon, Stephen Orgel, John Mulryan, and Leah S. Marcus.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


The Texts of the Plays

The Alchemist
The Staging of Ben Jonson's Plays and Masques

The Texts of the Masques

The Masque of Blackness
Mercury Vindicated from the Alchemists at Court
Pleasure Reconciled to Virtue

A Note on the Texts

Jonson on His Work

Discourses on Poetry
From Every Man in His Humour
Prologue to Every Man in His Humour
Prologue toCynthia's Revels
From Volpone, ''Epistle Dedicatory''
Jonson's Shoptalk
From Discoveries
From Conversations with William Drummond of Hawthornden

Contemporary Readers on Jonson

Sidney Godolphin * On Ben Jonson
Edmund Waller * Upon Ben Jonson
Jasper Mayne, From To The Memory of Ben Jonson
Thomas Carew * To Ben Jonson upon Occasion of His Note of Defiance Annexed to His Play of The New Inn
Backgrounds and Sources (new section)


''Beast Fable''
Medieval Bestiary * Natura Wulpis (Nature of the Fox)
William Caxton * How Corbant the Crow Made Complaint against the Fox for the Death of his Wife
Geoffrey Chaucer * ''The Nun's Priest's Tale''
La Fontaine * The Crow and the Fox
''Legacy Hunting''
Horace * Satire, II.5
The Alchemist
Erasmus * ''The Alchemy Swindle''
Stanton J. Linden * History and Characteristics of Alchemy


Jonas A. Barish * The Double Plot in Volpone
Robert C. Evans * Thomas Sutton: Jonson's Volpone
Anne Barton * Names in Jonson's Comedies
John Dryden * Examen of The Silent Woman
Robert Watson * Epicoene
Edward B. Partridge * The Alchemist
Ian Donaldson * Jonson's Magic House
Richard Harp * Jonson's Comic Apocalypse
D. J. Gordon * The Imagery of The Masque of Blackness
Stephen Orgel * The Masque of Blackness
John Mulryan * Mythic Interpretations of Ideas in Jonson's Pleasure Reconciled to Virtue
Leah S. Marcus * Pleasure and Virtue Reconciled
Ben Jonson: A Chronology

Selected Bibliography

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