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Ben Jonson of Westminster

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Marchette Chute brings Ben Jonson to life and makes him and his Elizabethan and Jacobean contemporaries as vital and important as the leading personalities of today.
Hardcover, 380 pages
Published January 1st 1978 by Condor Books/Souvenir Press Ltd. (first published 1953)
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John Sutherland
Jun 17, 2012 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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Vicky
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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