Every Man in His Humour by Ben Jonson
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Every Man in His Humour
By Ben Jonson

Every Man in His Humour

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Every Man in His Humour by Ben Jonson

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Like all of Jonson's city comedies, this play - here given in the 1616 Folio version, in which Jonson rewrote and set it in England, not Italy - is a kind of dramatised Do-It-Yourself kit on how to bluff one's way in Elizabethan London. Although Roman New Comedy, in which a crafty slave helps a wild youngster to marry the girl of his choice against his father's wishes, supplies Jonson with his basic plot, the world that he presents here is thoroughly contemporary and mundane. The characters' 'humours' - their driving obsessions - may vary, but all of them strive to represent something greater, nobler, cleverer than their real selves. The joke of the play, this editor suggests, is 'finally on all of us who unconsciously equate the universe with a story in which we play the hero'.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780713643978
ISBN-10: 0713643978
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x 9mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Methuen Drama
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 31-Jul-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Ben Jonson

Robert N. Watson is Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has served since 1997 as Head Scholar of the Teaching Shakespeare Summer Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

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