One of the blackest comedies ever written, Ben Jonson's Volpone is the masterpiece of a playwright all too frequently dismissed for being unnecessarily dark and academic. Merciless in its depiction of avarice, this rich and masterful play provokes both laughter and indignation in its audiences.
* Provides in-depth analysis of the play, scene by scene and line by line
* Examines the multitude of interpretations of Volpone throughout history, including both on stage and screen
* Explores the critical discourse surrounding the play and summarises the social and literary forces that shaped Jonson's work
Marshall Botvinick is a Lecturer in the Department of Theatre at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, USA. He is also a professional dramaturg who has worked with the American Repertory Theater, PlayMakers Repertory Company, and Burning Coal Theatre Company.
General Editors' Preface.- 1. The Text and Early Performances.- 2. Cultural Contexts and Sources.- 3. Commentary.- 4. Key Productions and Performances.- 5. The Play on Screen.- 6. Critical Assessment.- Further Reading.- Index.