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Ben Jonson of Westminster

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Published January 1st 1978 by Condor Books/Souvenir Press Ltd. (first published 1953)
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John Sutherland
Jun 17, 2012 John Sutherland rated it it was amazing
During one's life, one encounters a very few outstanding authors; Marchette Chute wass one such author (d.1994).
She wrote about a most interesting character when she decided to write about Ben Jonson (1572-1637); well known for his wonderful 'Ode to Celia': 'Drink to me only with thine eyes' as well as the rest of his accomplishments at that time.
In that day and age, men who could read and write were a rarity, so much so that they could be forgiven murder. They escaped the usual punishment by di
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I didn't know how fascinated I could be by Ben Jonson until I found this book at a garage sale. The gateway drug to my Chute addiction, I can't recommend this highly enough. At times dark and funny, Chute's skill in piercing the myopic veil of centuries reveals a man utterly confounded by his own ego and near-comical self-sabotage. This is the perfect place to start - read Shakespeare of London immediately after and then treat yourself to the Chaucer... Like the perfect meal, it reveals layers o ...more
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