Shakespeare, Jonson, and the Invention of the Author

Ian Donaldson

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 151, 2006 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264249
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734045 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Shakespeare, Jonson, and the Invention of the Author

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This lecture discusses William Shakespeare and Ben Jonson, who were the two supreme writers of early modern England. It reveals that these two writers were intricately and curiously interwoven. The lecture describes their styles of writerly self-presentation and their professional pathways. Shakespeare and Jonson also served as each others' creative stimulant, example, and irritant.

Keywords: William Shakespeare; Ben Jonson; styles of self-presentation; professional pathways; early modern England

Chapter.  8925 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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