Ben Jonson: A Literary Life by W. David Kay, is his biography of the 17th century literary figure, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.
This was originally published in 1995 by St. Martin’s Press, as part of their Literary Lives series. This biography of the 17th century English poet, playwright, and critic [Ben Jonson][subject-wiki] not only covers his early beginnings and the highlights and lowlights of his life (which apparently includes the murder of an old colleague), but also provides historical context for his various literary works.
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Explore the Life of a Legend…
Ben Jonson was an English poet and playwright, now renowned for his work, although little is really known about Jonson and his early family life.
Though records from the Elizabethan period were sparse and riddled with gaps, in this comprehensive biography, W. David Kay details the rise of this legendary figure.
After Jonson left Westminster School, Jonson went to work with his step-father, following in his line of work, bricklaying, though his love of literature was apparent even at this age and it wasn’t long before he made an appearance in the world of theatre.
Some of Jonson’s plays were shown in theatres, with mixed reviews and acceptance and many of his contemporaries believed that his romance was thought to have been lesser in intensity than those written by Shakespeare.
Furthermore, Jonson’s life was not free of further trouble…
Just days following the opening of Every Man in His Humour , Jonson got into a feud with an old colleague and killed him.
Although found guilty of murder, Jonson narrowly escaped being hanged, however with his goods confiscated as punishment, his monetary troubles soon escalated.
But Jonson found a way to overcome this: unusually for a man of his stature, Jonson had a wide array of high-ranking friends.
Utilising his charming personality, Jonson was able to impress a broader audience through his poems and other works, making an impact so great that we still revere him today.
In Ben Jonson: A Literary Life W. David Kay provides an account that provides an engaging and in-depth basis for the events and context which contributed to the style and content of Jonson’s works.