1816. Part Four of Nine. Dramatist, poet, scholar and writer of court masques, Ben Jonson was the leading literary figure during the reign of King James I. Jonson was known as an avid scholar of Latin and Greek, and his mastery of the classics, the high-spirited buoyancy of his plays and the brilliance of his language have earned him a reputation as one of the great playwrights in English literature. Among his major plays are the comedies are The Alchemist and Bartholomew Fair. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.