Ben Jonson

A Literary Life

  • W. David Kay

Part of the Literary Lives book series (LL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. W. David Kay
    Pages 1-11
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    Pages 12-26
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    Pages 27-42
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    Pages 63-77
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    Pages 136-159
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 190-237

About this book


This concise biography surveys Jonson's career and provides an introduction to his works in the context of Jacobean politics, court patronage and his many literary rivalries. Stressing his wit and inventiveness, it explores the strategies by which he attempted to maintain his independence from the conditions of theatrical production and from his patrons and introduces new evidence that, despite his vaunted classicism, he repeatedly appropriated the matter or forms of other English writers in order to demonstrate his own artistic superiority.


biography Classicism English humour independence knowledge patrons play politics satire theatre

Authors and affiliations

  • W. David Kay
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUSA

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