Volpone

Author(s): Ben Jonson; Brian Parker (Editor); David M. Bevington (Editor)

Theatre

Volpone by Ben Jonson " He tells us that he took no degree, but was later "Master of Arts in both the universities, by their favour, not his study." When a mere youth Jonson enlisted as a soldier, trailing his pike in Flanders in the protracted wars of William the Silent against the Spanish. Jonson was a large and raw-boned lad; he became by his own account in time exceedingly bulky. In chat with his friend William Drummond of Hawthornden, Jonson told how "in his service in the Low Countries he had, in the face of both the camps, killed an enemy, and taken opima spolia from him;" and how "since his coming to England, being appealed to the fields, he had killed his adversary which had hurt him in the arm and whose sword was ten inches longer than his." Jonson's reach may have made up for the lack of his sword; certainly his prowess lost nothing in the telling. Obviously Jonson was brave, combative, and not averse to talking of himself and his doings.

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General Fields

  • : 9780719051821
  • : Manchester University Press
  • : Manchester University Press
  • : March 1999
  • : 1.5 Centimeters X 13 Centimeters X 19.8 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ben Jonson; Brian Parker (Editor); David M. Bevington (Editor)
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 224