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Ben Jonson (June 11, 1572 - August 6, 1637) British stagewriter, poet and actor (and he was Poet Laureate from 1619 to 1637).

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Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Kyd, George Peele, Robert Greene, Michael Drayton, Thomas Nashe, Ben Jonson, and many more are considered to be a part of Shakespeare's original group of contemporaries. From them and other earlier playwrights, Shakespeare often drew inspiration. #collaboration #playwrights

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William Shakespeare

This is a picture of the famous writer, William Shakespeare. During the English Renaissance, Shakespeare wrote all four types of plays that were apart of the Renaissance. They were Comedy, Tragedy, Pastoral, and Historical. He is the author of the play Titus Andronicus. The play was written in 1589. Titus was a revenge tragedy, and this play was William Shakespeare's first tragedy.

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To speak and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks. - Ben Jonson - BrainyQuote

September 22, 1598: Ben Jonson indicted for manslaughter. The British playwright had killed actor Gabriel Spenser in a duel, which Spenser had initiated. Since Jonson was able to read, he escaped capital punishment by benefit of clergy, and received only a brand on his thumb and forfeiture of property. Spenser was known as a querulous man, and not even Jonson's enemies blamed him for the death. Spenser was generally thought to have deserved it.

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Ben Jonson. Playwright and poet. Born in Westminster, possibly, and a committed Londoner, though also of proud Scottish descent. Imprisoned three times, once for his first play which was deemed to be 'lewd, seditious and sklandrous'. His first hit was at The Curtain Theatre with Shakespeare in the cast. Best known for his satirical plays, such as 'Volpone' and 'The Alchemist'. In 1618 he walked from London to Scotland in 10 weeks,con....

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Ben Jonson, 1572-1637, Elizabethan England. Key works: Every Man in His Humour (1598); Sejanus His Fall (1603); Eastward Ho (1605, with John Marston & George Chapman); Volpone (1605-06); Epicoene, or The Silent Woman (1609); The Alchemist (1610); Bartholomew Fair (1614); The Devil is an Ass (1616).

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National Portrait Gallery buys lost Lady Anne Clifford painting

Wm.Larkin painted this long missing portrait of Lady Anne Clifford in 1616, when she was 28. As a child she was a favorite of Queen Elizabeth I of England; she also danced in masques with Anne of Denmark, queen of King James I of England. She lived an eventful life; the original site is well worth reading

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