American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Jonson, Benjamin Known as "Ben.” 1572-1637. English actor and writer. His plays include Volpone (1606) and Epicene (1609).
- n. An English patronymic surname.
- n. English dramatist and poet who was the first real poet laureate of England (1572-1637)
- From John + -son. A rare spelling variant of Johnson (Wiktionary)
“In a letter Jonson addressed in 1605, from his place of confinement, to Lord Salisbury (_Ben Jonson_, edited by Cunningham, vol.i. xlix.), he says that he regrets having once more to apply to his kindness on account of a play, after having scarcely repented 'his first error' (most probably _Eastward Hoe_). ”
“By the way, if you need an introduction to the language of the Elizabethan era and find Shakespeare daunting, Ben Jonson is a wonderful primer.”
“Pepys called Jonson's _Alchemist_ "a most incomparable play," and he found in _Every Man in his Humour_ "the greatest propriety of speech that ever I read in my life.”
“Jonson, that is to say, in a style just the reverse of his own, is not very satisfactory to a plain English understanding.”
“It may be the Petunia is really in Jonson, which is the room with the laundry and the flowers and the lunch, and that the reason that these things haven't been taken in is because she is still in London.”
“For the critical study in the "Men of Letters Series" by Mr. Gregory Smith there is a place; it satisfies curiosity, it supplies many just observations, it provides valuable matter on the neglected masques; it only fails to remodel the image of Jonson which is settled in our minds.”
“Staple of News, The,' Jonson's quotations from _Julius Caesar_ in, 220”
“Men of Shakespeare's generation, such as Jonson, did not think him learned; nor did men of the next generation.”
“A few exquisite pieces in Latin literature, the Catullian _Ille mi par_, for example, a few in our own, such as Jonson's _Drink to me only with thine eyes_, are translations.”
“Jonson's rationale for this stroke of how to shoot America down in flames is, as Costello, he blames Bush for the recession.”
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