Ben Jonson

Fuse News: Elizabethan Genius Gets Its Due — An Edition of Ben Jonson For the Ages

February 4, 2014
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The “Cambridge Jonson” volumes are available online, and the site is a bibliographical joy to behold, Ben Jonson’s plays, poems, masques, and prose arranged in chronological order and in a searchable format.

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Theater/Book Interview: Ben, We Hardly Know Ye — Donaldson on Jonson

December 17, 2011
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Ben Jonson is one of the great unknown geniuses of the English theater and of western literature. Ian Donaldson’s new biography of the playwright/poet successfully makes the case that he deserves to be better known.

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Arts Commentary: Not Just Shakespeare — “Anonymous” Wrongs Ben Jonson As Well

November 8, 2011
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The awkward logic of “Anonymous” turns the initially stalwart Ben Jonson into a ludicrous double-dealer, who advances his supreme tribute (‘Soul of the age!’) to a man he knows to have been a fraud and imposter.

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Theater Commentary: Happy 400th Birthday to Ben Jonson’s “Catiline: His Conspiracy”

August 10, 2011
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Multiple Google searches suggest that no one is celebrating the 400th anniversary of the second of Ben Jonson’s tragedies. I don’t think I will live to see a production of CATILINE, but attention should be paid to this awkward but powerful script. Filled with moral strength, perceptive realpolitik, and rich poetry, it proffers a brilliant serio-comic meditation on political gangsterism.

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Theater Symposium: Who Wrote Shakespeare?

June 3, 2009
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By Caldwell Titcomb Starting in 1769 serious questions have been raised as to whether William Shakespeare (1564–1616) of Stratford-upon-Avon actually wrote the plays and poems attributed to him. For some years the true author was claimed to be Sir Francis Bacon (1561–1626). So far, at least 60 persons have been put forward as the rightful…

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