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This edition of "The Devil is an Ass" (1616) aims to provide an insight into Jonson's life and work, the theatrical qualities of the play, its political background and its textual history. In his introduction, Peter Happe looks at the special place of the play in Jonson's own life, his interest in London, the theatrical setting of the play and its sources and analogues. There are critical and explanatory commentaries and a glossarial index. The play is seen in its historical and political context, by linking it with late medieval and Elizabethan plays, as well as with the Jacobean stage. The text is meticulously and reliably edited, with modernized spelling for today's reader. A commentary is provided to explain difficult or significant passages. The stage history of the play also includes very recent productions.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780719030901
ISBN-10: 0719030900
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 14mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Ben Jonson

Peter Happe is a Retired Principal of Barton Peveril Sixth Form College and Visiting Fellow, School of Research and Graduate Studies, University of Southampton."

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