Biography & Memoir
Professor Ian Donaldson draws on freshly discovered writings by and about Ben Jonson for this new biography of the English Renaissance playwright and poet. Donaldson provides a full picture of Jonson’s eventful life and of his varied interests, and discusses newly identified work, including a complete civic entertainment and a new poem. The Jonson he describes is a more complex and volatile character than the traditional one, and is one who foresees the modern age.
Donaldson is honorary professorial fellow in the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, and has taught at Oxford and Cambridge. His previous works include The World Upside-Down: Comedy From Jonson to Fielding, and he is co-editor of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson.