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Every man in his humour: Ben Jonson
     

Every man in his humour: Ben Jonson

by Ben Jonson, Robert S. Miola (Editor)
 

This edition breaks with usual practice by presenting the 1601 quarto version of Jonson's play, set in Florence, instead of the revised 1616 version, set in London. Robert Miola presents a meticulously edited and modernised version of the play as originally acted by the Lord Chamberlain's Men (with Shakespeare in the cast) in 1598. He has collated all fifteen

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This edition breaks with usual practice by presenting the 1601 quarto version of Jonson's play, set in Florence, instead of the revised 1616 version, set in London. Robert Miola presents a meticulously edited and modernised version of the play as originally acted by the Lord Chamberlain's Men (with Shakespeare in the cast) in 1598. He has collated all fifteen known copies of the quarto and consulted the revised folio version as well. Instead of simply endorsing the folio as the superior play, the Introduction seeks to understand the earlier version on its own terms.

Miola explores the relevance of the Italian setting, particularly the potent, variegated, and fascinating body of myth and legend that constituted Italy for English audiences in 1598. He also illuminates the dramatic context of the play, outlining the rise of humours comedy in Jonson and contemporaries like Chapman, Marston and Shakespeare. Miola gives detailed attention to the social, political and religious contexts of the play as well, showing how larger cultural struggles shape the characters and action. The textual history identifies the mysterious second printer of the quarto: the stage history reviews all significant performances of either version and corrects the received record. Miola also discusses Jonson's use of language, intertextualities and gender issues. Appendices provide longer notes and longer folio passages for comparison.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719078262
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2008
Series:
Revels Plays Series
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Robert S. Miola is Gerard Manley Hopkins Professor of English and Professor of Classics at Loyola College, Maryland

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