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Ben Jonson

byname of  Benjamin Jonson  
born June 11?, 1572, London, England
died August 6, 1637, London

Photograph:Ben Jonson, color illustration after a miniature in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle
Ben Jonson, color illustration after a miniature in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle
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English Stuart dramatist, lyric poet, and literary critic. He is generally regarded as the second most important English dramatist, after William Shakespeare, during the reign of James I. Among his major plays are the comedies Every Man in His Humour (1598), Volpone (1605), Epicoene; or, The Silent Woman (1609), The Alchemist (1610), and Bartholomew Fair (1614).

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