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Ben Jonson: A Life

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Ian Donaldson is a General Editor, with David Bevington and Martin Butler, of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson (Print Edition, 7 volumes, 2011; Electronic Edition, 2012). His previous OUP books include The World Upside-Down: Comedy From Jonson to Fielding (1970), Ben Jonson: Selected Works (Oxford Authors, 1985), Jonson's Magic Houses: Essays in Interpretation (OUP, 1997). He has taught at the Universities of Oxford (tutorial Fellow in English at Wadham College, 1962-9), Edinburgh (Regius Professor of English, 1991-5), and Cambridge (Fellow of King's College, 1995-2005, and Grace 1 Professor of English, 1995-2001), and at the Australian National University, Canberra (Professor of English, 1969-91). He was founding Director of the ANU's Humanities Research Centre (1974-90, 2004-7) and of Cambridge University's Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH, 2001-3).


It was a brilliant, epoch making, and memorable life superbly served by Ian Donaldson. Jonson earned his fame. This is and will remain the biography to have. * Ralph Berry, Contemporary Review *
A rare and valuable achievement. Elegant in style, flexible in approach, and characterised by a tone of intelligent curiosity, it is engaging as well as definitive. * Lisa Gorton, Australian Book Review *
Deeply researched but happily readable. * New York Review of Books *
absorbing biography * New Statesman *
fascinating portrait...brilliant biography * Daily Telegraph *
authoritative and lucid biography * Sunday Telegraph *
definitive biography of this quarrelsome playwright. * Sunday Times *
The biographical material on Jonson is extraordinarily rich...Donaldson's fine book is stocked with new material * The Guardian *
exemplary new in detail and insights * The Guardian *
a work of clarity and lucidity, exact in its historical detail, full of new material and ingeniously suggestive in its conjecture and interpretation. * Sam Leith, Spectator *
Donaldson is ideally placed to write the definitive life, and he has done so. * John Carey, Sunday Times *
Ian Donaldson has written a splendid life of this extraordinary man, which all claimants to the "tribe of Ben" will savor and prize. * The Weekly Standard *
A learned biography, it cuts a revealing section through the Jacobean Age. * Michael Alexander, The Tablet *
His deep involvement with Jonson scholarship and criticism ... is apparent on every page of his authoritative, elegantly written, and illuminatingly illustrated biography. * Stanley Wells, New York Review of Books * of the best literary biographies written in any era. * R.S White, Parergon. *

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