Ben Jonson: His Craft and Art

Ben Jonson: His Craft and Art

by Rosalind Miles
     
 

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One of the undisputed giants of English literature, Ben Jonson is known to most of us only as the author of "Volpone, Bartholomew Fair," and "Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes". Why are the rest of his works-poetry, criticism, masques, linguistic and lexicographical studies-so little known, even to literary specialists? Written with life and vigor, and informed with

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One of the undisputed giants of English literature, Ben Jonson is known to most of us only as the author of "Volpone, Bartholomew Fair," and "Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes". Why are the rest of his works-poetry, criticism, masques, linguistic and lexicographical studies-so little known, even to literary specialists? Written with life and vigor, and informed with the author's long-standing passion for Jonson's works, this book is a superb introduction to Jonson for students and general readers alike. Rosalind Miles offers the first full and comprehensive account of Jonson's creative career, from his angry literary apprentice to what he himself called "the close or shutting up of his circle", doing justice to the whole of his magnificent and varied "oeuvre" and giving a detailed portrait of the growth and development of a unique creative artist. The Ben Jonson who emerges is a much more truthful, vital figure than the Jonson of literary and critical tradition.

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"This is the first comprehensive study of Jonson's works: plays, masques, royal entertainments, poetry, translations, criticism, philosophy, and philosophical reflection. What emerges is a compelling interpretation of a self-conscious craftsman...elements in this richly suggestive and superbly written account are unified by an overarching outlook that perceives Jonson's artistic self....Highly recommended..."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415055789
Publisher:
Routledge
Publication date:
12/28/1990
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

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