While most critical writing on Jonson concentrates on the plays, poems or masques seen in isolation, this title, first published in 1981, ranges across the genres to explore Jonson’s vision as a whole. The author points to the inner connections that make of the rich variety of Jonson’s writing a single coherent body of work. We see Jonson exploring the relations between culture and society, the difficulties of ideal virtue in a far from ideal world, and above all the problems of art itself. Combining a wide-ranging discussion of Jonson’s interests with a detailed examination of his major works, this book provides a balanced critical introduction to one of the most complex and fascinating figures in English Literature.

chapter 1|44 pages

False Creations

chapter 2|29 pages

That Dead Sea of Life

chapter 3|45 pages

Images of Society

chapter 4|40 pages

Virtue’s Labyrinth

chapter 5|40 pages

Judgement and Transformation

chapter 6|34 pages

The Poet as Character

chapter 7|42 pages

Art and its Context

chapter |6 pages


chapter |13 pages