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Ben Jonson's comedies on the modern stage /
by Ejner J. Jensen.
Ann Arbor, Mich. : UMI Research Press, c1985.
viii, 158 p. --
0835716325 (alk. paper)
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Ann Arbor, Mich. : UMI Research Press, c1985.
0835716325 (alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. [149]-152.
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Appeared in Choice on 1985-10:
As a sequel to Robert Gale Noyes's Ben Jonson on the English Stage, 1660-1776 (1935), Jensen's book is a serviceable and sometimes insightful survey of professional stage production of Jonson's comedies from 1899 to 1972 (the 400th anniversary of the playwright's birth). The study is however, neither true stage history or Jonsonian criticism. Jensen (University of Michigan) does not attempt to offer staging reconstructions. Nonetheless, it would have been helpful if promptbooks examined had been used for more than an indication of textual cuts. Furthermore, since visual elements are vital in any form of stage history, illustrations would have enhanced the description of various productions. In comparison, for example, to Francis Teaque's The Curious History of Bartholomew Fair (1985), theater historians will find the lack of specifics in the discussions of important productions a definite shortcoming. Jensen includes a good opening chapter summarizing the basis for 19th-century rejection of Jonson and a concluding section in which he posits his theory for the revival of interest in Jonson in our time. Thoroughly documented with an extensive bibliography and an adequate index, this scholarship will be most useful to upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and scholars of Elizabethan drama.-D.B. Wilmeth, Brown University
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Choice, October 1985
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