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The Alchemist and Other Plays By Ben Jonson

The Alchemist and Other Plays
by Ben Jonson

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This edition brings together Jonson's four great comedies in one volume. "Volpone" (1606), "Epicene" (1609), "The Alchemist" (1610) and "Bartholomew Fair" (1614). The plays have been newly edited and are presented with stage directions and modernized pronunciation and spelling.
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The Alchemist and Other Plays: "Volpone, or the Fox", "Epicene, or the Silent Woman", "The Alchemist", "Bartholemew Fair" by Ben Jonson

This edition brings together Jonson's four great comedies in one volume. Volpone, which was first performed in 1606, dramatizes the corrupting nature of greed in an exuberant satire set in contemporary Venice. The first production of Epicene marked the end of a year long closure of the theatres because of an epidemic of the plague in 1609; its comedy affirms the consolatory power of laughter at such a time. The Alchemist (1610) deploys the metaphors of alchemical transformation to emphasize the mutability of the characters and their relationships. In Bartholomew Fair (1614) Jonson embroils the visitors to the fair in its myriad tempations, exposing the materialistic impulses beneath the apparent godliness of Jacobean Puritans. Under the General Editorship of Michael Cordner of the University of York the texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation. Stage directions hvae been added to facilitate the reconstruction of the plays' performance, and there is a scholarly introduction, detailed annotation, and a glossary.

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GOR001392726
The Alchemist and Other Plays: "Volpone, or the Fox", "Epicene, or the Silent Woman", "The Alchemist", "Bartholemew Fair" by Ben Jonson
Ben Jonson
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
1998-05-07
560
0192834460
9780192834461
N/A
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