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Volpone and Other Plays

Volpone and Other Plays
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Ben Jonson
Edited by: Michael Jamieson
Publisher: Penguin Books
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 496
Pub. Date: 2004
ISBN-10: 0141441186
ISBN-13: 9780141441184

About the Play:

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts recommends Volpone for female monologues.

Volpone and Other Plays is a collection of three full-length dramas by Ben Jonson. He is generally regarded as the second most important English dramatist, after William Shakespeare, in Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre.

The three plays collected in this volume depict the faults, errors and foibles of ordinary people with exuberant humour, savage satire and acute observations. Volpone portrays a rich Venetian who pretends to be dying so that his despised acquaintances will flock to his bedside with extravagant gifts in hope of an inheritance. The Alchemist also deals with greed and gullibility, as a rascally trio of confidence tricksters, claiming to have the legendary Philosopher's Stone, fool a series of victims who are hoping to make some easy money. And in a wonderfully energetic portrait of Jacobean life, Bartholomew Fair shows a diverse group of Londoners sampling the delights and temptations of the Fair – and the traders, prostitutes and cutpurses who set out to exploit them.

About the Playwright:

Ben Jonson (1572-1637) was an English playwright, poet, actor, and literary critic of the seventeenth century, whose artistry exerted a lasting impact upon English poetry and stage comedy. He popularized the comedy of humours. A major force in Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre, second only to William Shakespeare himself, he is best known for his satirical plays, particularly Volpone, The Alchemist, and Bartholomew Fair, which are considered his best, and his lyric poems.

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