The Alchemist

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Overview

The Alchemist has been described as 'the greatest farce in the English language'. In this newly established edition, Ben Jonson's rich play offers intriguing insights into London life of the early seventeenth century. He satirises and celebrates the confusions and anarchy of a fast-moving city world populated by a fascinating array of diverse and devious characters.
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Reprint of the Methuen edition published in 1967. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300017366
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1974
  • Series: Ben Jonson Series
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

The editor, Elizabeth Cook, is the author of the fiction Achilles editor of Dekker and Middleton's The Roaring Girl for the New Mermaids and of the Oxford Authors' John Keats. She has lectured at the universities of Essex and Leeds.

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Table of Contents

General editor's preface
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction

1. Life and Character
2. Alchemy
3. The Play
4. Jonson's Verse
5. Stage History
6. The Text

The Alchemist
Index to Annotations
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