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  • Author:
    Ben Jonson
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in English literature. This volume contains Memoirs of Jonson and his first important play, Every Man in His Humour, which featured his friend Shakespeare in the cast.

Every Man in His Humour is a 1598 play by the English playwright Ben Jonson. The play belongs to the subgenre of the "humours comedy," in which each major character is dominated by an over-riding humour or obsession.

Benjamin Jonson (c. 11 June 1572 – c. 16 August 1637) was an English playwright and poet, whose artistry exerted a lasting impact upon English poetry and stage comedy. He popularised the comedy of humours

Benjamin Jonson (c. He popularised the comedy of humours. He is best known for the satirical plays Every Man in His Humour (1598), Volpone, or The Fox (c. 1606), The Alchemist (1610) and Bartholomew Fair (1614) and for his lyric and epigrammatic poetry.

Ben Jonson came of the stock that was centuries after to give to the world Thomas Carlyle; for Jonson's grandfather .

Ben Jonson came of the stock that was centuries after to give to the world Thomas Carlyle; for Jonson's grandfather was of Annandale, over the Solway, whence he migrated to England. Jonson's father lost his estate under Queen Mary, "having been cast into prison and forfeited. and dedicating his first dramatic success, "Every Man in His Humour," to him. It is doubtful whether Jonson ever went to either university, though Fuller says that he was "statutably admitted into St. John's College, Cambridge. He tells us that he took no degree, but was later "Master of Arts in both the universities, by their favour, not his study.

Ben Jonson's career began in 1597 when he held a fixed engagement in. .

Ben Jonson's career began in 1597 when he held a fixed engagement in the "Admiral's Men", and although he was unsuccessful as an actor, his literary talent was apparent and he began writing original plays for the troupe. Jonson had a knack for absurdity and hypocrisy, a trait that made him immensely popular in the 17th century Renaissance period. The play was Jonson's first major success, written in the style of "humour plays", a genre of comedy originated by George Chapman.

A wight that, hitherto, his every step hath left the stamp of a great foot behind him, as every word the savour of a strong spirit, and he! this man! so graced, gilded, or, to use a more fit metaphor, so tenfold by nature, as not ten housewives' pewter, again a good time, shews more bright t.

A wight that, hitherto, his every step hath left the stamp of a great foot behind him, as every word the savour of a strong spirit, and he! this man! so graced, gilded, or, to use a more fit metaphor, so tenfold by nature, as not ten housewives' pewter, again a good time, shews more bright to the world than he! and he! (as I said last, so I say again, and still shall say it) this man! to conceal such real ornaments as these, and shadow their glory, as a milliner's wife does her wrought stomacher, with a smoaky lawn, or a black cyprus! O, coz! it cannot be answered; go not about it: .

Ben Jonson dissociated himself from this degenerate meaning of the word humour, took it back to its original . Just as a man has in his physique a dominant humour, similarly he has in his psyche a dominant passion.

Ben Jonson dissociated himself from this degenerate meaning of the word humour, took it back to its original physiological sense and fitted it into the context of his concept of the nature and function of comedy. Under the influence of this dominant passion a man may become, as the case may be, greedy, jealous, cowardly, deceptible, foolhardy, and so forth.

Jonson made significant revisions to the play for publication in his Works (1616).

Every Man in His Humour is one of Jonson's best-known and most influential plays. Jonson made significant revisions to the play for publication in his Works (1616). Much of the contemporary critical discussion of the play analyzes the changes made to the 1598 Quarto version, which were incorporated into the 1616 Folio revision. Considered a comedy of intrigue, the play chronicles the efforts of a young, well-born man to wed his true love, despite his well-intentioned father's attempts to prevent the wedding.

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Ben Jonson was the English Moliere, a wonderful playwright. This was a good compilation of Ben Jonsons work. You have to like this to appreciate Ben Johnson. One person found this helpful.

This Elibron Classics book is a facsimile reprint of a 1816 edition published in London.