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The Alchemist

The Alchemist

by Ben Jonson, Alvin KernanBen Jonson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300017366
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 09/10/1974
Series: The Yale Ben Jonson Series , #7
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

John Greenwood is an instructor at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo.

Table of Contents


The Alchemist

In Context
  • On Alchemy
    • from Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale,” from The Canterbury Tales (1387–1400)
    • Desiderius Erasmus, “The Alchemist” (1524)
    • from Martin Ruland, A Lexicon of Alchemy (1612)
  • On Criminals and “Coney-Catching”
    • from Robert Greene, A Disputation Between a He Cony-Catcher and a She Cony-Catcher, Whether a Thief or a Whore Is Most Hurtful in Cozenage to the Commonwealth. Discovering the secret villainies of alluring strumpets, With the conversion of an English courtesan, reformed this present year, 1592. Read, laugh and learn. Nascimur pro patria. R.G. (1592)
    • Image: from Thomas Harman, A Caveat or Warning for Common Cursetors vulgarely called Vagabonds (1566; revised 1567/68)
  • On Playwriting
    • from Aristotle’s Poetics
    • from Timber, or Discoveries made upon men and matter as they have flowed out of his daily Readings, or had their reflux to his peculiar Notion of the Times (1641)

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