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Ben Jonson on the English Stage, 1660-1776

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$65.00 • €48.00

ISBN 9780674183391

Publication: January 1935

Available 10/01/2013

351 pages

8 illustrations


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Ben Jonson’s dramatic works, classical in form and realistic in method, required no alterations or “improvements” in order to satisfy neo-classic taste, until in the days of Garrick their antiquity made editing and condensation inevitable if they were to hold the stage under the genius of the Drury Lane and Covent Garden comedians. As an index to the methods of stage managers, Robert Gale Noyes briefly describes the alterations made at that time. He has explored old newspapers, magazines, playbills, diaries, pamphlets, and manuscript records, as well as the non-dramatic literature of the era, for information about the actors, the manner of production, and the reception by the public. As a whole, the study sheds new light on Jonson both for his own sake and as an influence on subsequent writers of the comedy of humors.