Ben Jonson Biography

Ben Jonson was an English playwright, poet, and literary critic of the seventeenth century, whose artistry exerted a lasting impact upon English poetry and stage comedy. He popularised the comedy of humours. He is best known for the satirical plays Every Man in His Humour, Volpone, or The Foxe, The Alchemist, and Bartholomew Fayre: A Comedy, and for his lyric poetry; he is generally regarded as the second most important English dramatist, after William Shakespeare, during the reign of James I.

Jonson was a classically educated, well-read, and cultured man of the English Renaissance with an appetite for controversy whose cultural influence was of unparalleled breadth upon the playwrights and the poets of the Jacobean era and of the Caroline era. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Ben Jonson
Full Name:
Benjamin Jonson
Nationality:
England
Profession:
Poet, Actor, Playwright
Date of Birth:
June 11, 1572
Astrological Sign:
Gemini
Date of Death:
August 6, 1637
Age at Death:
65
Ben Jonson Timeline
  • 1598-09-22
    Playwright and poet Ben Jonson is indicted for manslaughter as the result of a duel.
  • 1605-01-13
    The controversial play Eastward Hoe by Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston is performed, landing two of the authors in prison.
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