Ben Jonson

Playwright and Poet Ben Jonson

Full Name: Benjamin Jonson
Profession: Playwright and Poet


Biography: Generally regarded as the second most important English dramatist, after William Shakespeare, during the reign of James I.

He popularised the comedy of humours, and is best known for the satirical plays Every Man in His Humour (1598), Volpone, or The Foxe (1605), The Alchemist (1610), and Bartholomew Fayre: A Comedy (1614).

Born: June 11, 1572
Birthplace: London, England
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: August 6, 1637 (aged 65)

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Historical Events

  • 1598-09-22 Playwright and poet Ben Jonson is indicted for manslaughter as the result of a duel
  • 1605-01-13 Controversial play "Eastward Hoe" by Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston is performed, landing two of the authors in prison.

Quotes by Ben Jonson

  • "He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master."