Tag Archives: Ian Donaldson
Ben Jonson: 'a staring Leviathan [with] a terrible mouth' (John Aubrey)

Ben Jonson and Shakespeare

Ian Donaldson’s marvellously fresh and up to date biography of Ben Jonson sets a new standard for all future Jonson studies. He came to speak about the relationship between Jonson and Shakespeare at The Shakespeare Centre on Wednesday at our first Literary Lunchtime Talk of the year. The event was sponsored by Oxford University Press. […]

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Professor Stanley Wells C.B.E.

Making Shakespeare

My recent reading has included two biographies, both of men who, like Shakespeare, did not go to university. Ben Jonson, son of a clergyman who died a month before the boy was born, and stepson of a bricklayer – a calling which Ben himself followed for some years – attended Westminster School, in London, but […]

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Professor Stanley Wells C.B.E.

Ben Jonson: a genius to rival Shakespeare?

Stanley Wells is busy writing a review of forthcoming biography of Ben Jonson. I asked Stanley what he thought… Ben Jonson SWW (mp3) Ben Jonson: A Life by Ian Donaldson is published by Oxford University Press on 20 October. You might like to purchase a copy from The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Bookshop by sending them […]

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