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Every Man in His Humour: Quarto Version

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This edition breaks with the usual practice by presenting the 1601 quarto version of Ben Jonson's play, set in Florence, instead of the revised 1616 version, set in London. Robert S. Miola presents a meticulously edited and modernized version of the play as originally acted by the Lord Chamberlain's Men (with Shakespeare in the cast) in 1598. Miola explores the relevance o ...more
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Published October 13th 2000 by Manchester University Press (first published 1600)
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Scott
I liked this play, but didn't love it. There were sections that I really enjoyed and others that didn't draw me in. I realize it's not a play about plot, but sometimes I wished there was more story to go with the wit. I'm sure it would have been much more engaging on the stage than the page.
Nicolas Shump
I'd heard that Ben Jonson was supposed to be a better poet than dramatist, but I'm not seeing much of either in Every Man in His Humour. Jonson has some good lines, but nothing really sustained. I found this play to be tedious. Perhaps it is better on stage, but I really don't see much "charm" in this comedy of manners. It took me several attempts to get through this play. I'm not all that impressed with Jonson as a playwright.
Nicolas Shump
I'd heard that Jonson was supposed to be a better poet than dramatist, but I'm not seeing much of either in this play. Jonson has some good lines, but nothing really sustained. I found this play to be tedious. Perhaps it is better on stage, but I really don't see much "charm" in this comedy of manners. It took me several attempts to get through this play. I'm not all that impressed with Jonson as a playwright.
Sean
While it preserves the unities, this one has problems with more major Aristotelian elements like plot/action. Witty, though, and an indicator of what Jonson could and would become.
Moira Russell
This was funny, but kind of manipulatively so. It was like he knew all the right ways to tickle you and went after them terribly methodically. But still, it's very funny.
Ginger Price
Bobadil is hysterical. Other than that, the play is a little bland and there isn't a huge narrative arch; everything seemingly happens within a day.
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Benjamin Jonson was an English Renaissance dramatist, poet and actor. A contemporary of William Shakespeare, he is best known for his satirical plays, particularly Volpone, The Alchemist, and Bartholomew Fair, which are considered his best, and his lyric poems. A man of vast reading and a seemingly insatiable appetite for controversy, Jonson had an unparalleled breadth of influence on Jacobean and ...more
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“THE greatest of English dramatists except Shakespeare, the first literary dictator and poet-laureate, a writer of verse, prose, satire, and criticism who most potently of all the men of his time affected the subsequent course of English letters: such was Ben Jonson, and as such his strong personality assumes an interest to us almost unparalleled, at least in his age. Ben Jonson came of the stock that was centuries after to give to the world Thomas Carlyle; for Jonson's grandfather was of Annandale, over the Solway, whence he” 1 likes
“For this I find, where jealousy is fed,
Horns in the mind are worse than on the head.”
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