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Epicene, or the Silent Woman
Author: Ben Jonson

ISBN: 9780719078385
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 15 February 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8 x 2.0
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Epicene is now one of the most widely-studied of Johnson’s plays. Brilliantly exploiting the Jacobean convention whereby boys played female roles, it satirizes the newly fashionable and sexually ambiguous world of the West End of London, where courtly wit rubs shoulders with commercial values.

This authoritative new edition, now in paperback, is based on a thorough re-examination of the earliest texts. The introduction analyzes the play as originally written for the newly formed Children of the Queen’s Revels, and performed at the little--known Whitefriars Theatre. Dutton discusses the composition of the play, which took place during a critical period in Jonson’s life and career, when he was established as the principal writer of entertainments at the court. His relationships at this time, with ambitious wits such as John Donne, Sir Edward Herbert and the actor Nathan Field, are examined as models for the principal characters. This challengingly historicized text of Epicene will be essential reading for all serious students of early modern drama.

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