Ben Jonson

Playwright and Poet Ben Jonson Full Name: Ben Jonson [Benjamin Jonson]
Nationality:

England
English

Profession: Playwright and Poet
Why Famous: 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)

Articles on Ben Jonson

Historical Events in the Life of Ben Jonson

  • 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."