ISBN 9780141441184,Volpone & Other Plays

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Penguin Books India

Publication Year 2004

ISBN 9780141441184

ISBN-10 0141441186


Number of Pages 488 Pages
Language (English)


The three plays collected in this volume depict the faults, errors and foibles of ordinary people with exhuberant humour, savage satire and acute observations. Volpone portrays a rich Venetian who pretends to be dying so that his despised acquaintances will flock to his bedside with extravagant gifts in hope of an inheritance. The Alchemist also deals with greed and gullibility, as a rascally trio of confidence tricksters, claiming to have the legendary Philosopher's stone, fool a series of victims who are hoping to make some easy money. And in a wonderfully energetic portrait of Jacobean life, Bartholomew Fair shows a diverse group of Londoners sampling the delights and temptations of the Fair - and the traders, prostitutes and cutpurses who set out to exploit them. In his introduction, Michael Jamieson discusses Jonson's colourful life and literary career, and the moral themes of his plays. This edition also includes a bibliography, notes and a preliminary preface to each play.

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