Volpone; Or, The Fox

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Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1958 - Počet stran: 111
A play that has suffered many adaptations may be read here in its original form. A wealth of textual footnotes explain colloquialisms and period references. The text is preceded by the argument and prologue to the play. Edited by Jonas A Barish, this edition of Volpone or The Fox for performance and study also includes an introduction, a list of principal dates in the life of Ben Jonson and a selected bibliography.

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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 this view is not widely accepted. Jonson was appointed London historian in 1628, but that same year, his life took a downward turn. He suffered a paralyzing stroke and lost favor at court after an argument with architect Inigo Jones and the death of King James I. Ben Jonson died on August 6, 1637.

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