Ben Jonson

Ben Jonson

Ben Jonson
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Author:  Ben Jonson
Condition:  New
Format:  Paperback
Pages:  208
Publisher:  Faber & Faber
Year:  2005
ISBN:  9780571226795

In this series, a contemporary poet selects and introduces a poet of the past. By their selection of verses and by the personal and critical reactions they express in their introductions, the selectors offer a passionate and accessible introduction to some of the greatest poets in history. Ben Jonson (1572-1637) was born in London, and became a leading poet, playwright and essayist of the Elizabethan age. In 1598he killed an actor in a duel but escaped hanging by pleading benefit of the clergy, and by 1616 had re-established enough Court favour to be awarded a pension by James I - in effect making him the first Poet Laureate.