About this book
An accessible and generously illustrated new biography of one of the great writers, a contemporary of Shakespeare, whose eventful life has not been previously charted in close detail: he almost went to the gallows for killing a fellow actor after a quarrel, converted to Catholicism while awaiting execution, and supped with the Gunpowder conspirators on the eve of their planned coup.
Soldier, satirist, duellist, principal masque-writer to the early Stuart court, tutor to the son of Sir Walter Ralegh, and Shakespeare's greatest contemporary, Ben Jonson was a complex and volatile character. Ian Donaldson's new biography draws on freshly discovered writings by and about Jonson to provide a vivid depiction of his remarkable life.
|Oxford University Press|