This anthology brings together four major plays: The Alchemist, Volpone, Bartholmew Fair and Epicoene or The Silent Woman, and with a new introduction by leading Jonsonian, Rob Watson. On-page commentary notes aid students' understanding. This anthology brings together four major plays: The Alchemist, Volpone, Bartholmew Fair and Epicoene or The Silent Woman, and with a new introduction by leading Jonsonian, Rob Watson. On-page commentary notes aid students' understanding.
Bringing together four of the most popular and widely studied of Ben Jonson's plays, this anthology focuses on the city comedies for which Jonson is best known today: The Alchemist (edited by Elizabeth Cook), Volpone (edited by Robert N. Watson), Bartholmew Fair (edited by G.R. Hibbard) and Epicoene or The Silent Woman (edited by Roger Holdsworth).
Today Jonson's works are widely considered to be amongst the best produced in his period. The new introduction by Robert N. Watson explores the plays in the context of early modern theatre, culture and politics, as well as providing a guide to the language, characters and themes. On-page commentary notes gloss the text in greater detail, making this the ideal edition for study and classroom use.
Epicoene or The Silent Woman
Notes on the Texts
Ben Jonson (1572-1637) was an English dramatist and poet, whose reputation amongst playwrights of the period is only second only to Shakespeare's. Although Jonson found little success as an actor, his reputation as a dramatist was firmly established in 1598 with Every Man in his Humour. This sucess was followed by Every Man out of his Humour and the classically influenced satire Cynthia's Revels. Jonson wrote all of the major comedies upon which his reputation is now based during the period 1605 to 1614.
Watson, Robert N.
Robert N. Watson is Associate Dean of Humanities and Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. He is the author of many award-winning books, including Back to Nature: The Green and the Real in the Late Renaissance and Shakespeare and the Hazards of Ambition.
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Robert N. Watson is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the University of California Los Angeles, USA, and is a leading scholar of early modern drama.
Introduction Further Reading The Alchemist Volpone Bartholmew Fair Epicoene or The Silent Woman Notes on the Texts
This anthology contains "The Alchemist, Volpone, Bartholomew Fair" and "Epicoene, Or The Silent Woman". There is a new introduction by leading Jonsonian scholar, Rob Watson, and on-page commentary notes to aid student understanding.
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