Ben Jonson's Plays and Masques: A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 2 available in Paperback
This collection features three of Jonson's masterpieces: Volpone, Epicoene, and The Alchemist.
Also included are three masques: Mercury Vindicated from the Alchemist at Court, Pleasure Reconciled to Virtue, andnew to the Second EditionThe Masque of Blackness, Jonson's first masque and one that deals with issues of interest to contemporary culture. Each text includes expanded annotations.
Jonson on His Work collects statements by the author on plays and on poetry taken from some of the plays, from Discoveries, and from Conversations with William Drummond of Hawthornden.
Contemporary Readers on Jonson includes tributes and poems about the author and his work. A new section"Backgrounds and Sources"includes selections from texts that helped shaped the dramatist's vision.
Criticism includes twelve essaysnine of them new to the Second Editionby Jonas A. Barish, Robert C. Evans, Anne Barton, John Dryden, Robert Watson, Edward B. Partridge, Ian Donaldson, Richard Harp, D. J. Gordon, Stephen Orgel, John Mulryan, and Leah S. Marcus.
About the Author
Richard L. Harp is Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is co-editor, with Stanley Stewart, of the Cambridge Companion to Ben Jonson. He is the author of Dr. Johnson's Critical Vocabulary and Thomas Percy's Life of Dr. Oliver Goldsmith. He is co-editor, with Robert Evans, of Frank O'Connor: New Perspectives.