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Ben Jonson

Volpone and The Alchemist (Thrift Edition)

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ISBN: 0486436306
Издательство: Dover Publications
Год издания: 2004
Страниц: 256
Book Description These two comedies saitirze the greed, mendacity, gullibilitiy, and pretension of 17th century London society. In Volpone (1605), a crafty rich man attempts to augment his wealth by feigning a mortal illness. His wealthy neighbors, spying the opportunity for an inheritance, vie with each other in courting the “dying” man’s favor. The Alchemist (1610) comprises a likewise avaricious cast, headed by a butler and prostitute who join forces with a swindlerclaiming to possess the philosopher’s stone. Both plays offer sparkling examples of their author’s novel approach to satire and his distinctive blend of savagery, humor, moralism, and a powerful sense of the absurd.