Volpone

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Kessinger Publishing, Jun 1, 2004 - Drama - 236 pages
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A Hold thee, Mosca, Take of my hand; thou strik'st on truth, in all: And they are enuious, terme thee Parasite. Call forth my Dwarfe, my Eunuch, and my Foole, And let them make me sport.

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User Review  - Jason - Goodreads

Amusing, and a thoughtful satire on greed and the use of deception, the only reason that this play falls a bit flat is that Jonson lacks the kind of witty repartee that made Shakespeare, one of Jonson ... Read full review

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User Review  - Molly - Goodreads

I hate Shakespeare. For the whole two years of my literature a-level it was a nightmare. It didn't help that I'd suddenly found myself in this sixth form with kids from private schools, the sort of ... Read full review

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Born in 1572, Ben Jonson rejected his father's bricklaying trade and ran away from his apprenticeship to join the army. He returned to England in 1592, working as an actor and playwright. In 1598, he was tried for murder after killing another actor in a duel, and was briefly imprisoned. One of his first plays, Every Man Out of His Humor (1599) had fellow playwright William Shakespeare as a cast member. His success grew with such works as Volpone (1605) and The Alchemist (1610) and he was popular at court, frequently writing the Christmas masque. He is considered a very fine Elizabethan poet. In some anti-Stratfordian circles he is proposed as the true author of Shakespeare's plays, though this view is not widely accepted. Jonson was appointed London historian in 1628, but that same year, his life took a downward turn. He suffered a paralyzing stroke and lost favor at court after an argument with architect Inigo Jones and the death of King James I. Ben Jonson died on August 6, 1637.

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