Ben Jonson: His Vision and His Art

1st Edition

Alexander Leggatt

Routledge
Published September 25, 2018
Reference - 314 Pages
ISBN 9781138235359 - CAT# Y310035
Series: Routledge Library Editions: Renaissance Drama

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Summary

While most critical writing on Jonson concentrates on the plays, poems or masques seen in isolation, this title, first published in 1981, ranges across the genres to explore Jonson’s vision as a whole. The author points to the inner connections that make of the rich variety of Jonson’s writing a single coherent body of work. We see Jonson exploring the relations between culture and society, the difficulties of ideal virtue in a far from ideal world, and above all the problems of art itself. Combining a wide-ranging discussion of Jonson’s interests with a detailed examination of his major works, this book provides a balanced critical introduction to one of the most complex and fascinating figures in English Literature.

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