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Shakespeare's Rival : Ben Jonson

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Discover the larger-than-life exploits and audacious
projects of Shakespeare’s friend and rival, Ben Jonson, playwright and first
poet-laureate of England. Jonson wrote for Shakespeare’s company (in fact
Shakespeare acted in several of his plays), but he also established himself as
an independent literary force and elevated playwriting to a publicly respected art
form. Without Jonson’s leadership in self-publication, many of Shakespeare’s
plays wouldn’t have been published at all. Learn about one of the greatest writers
in the history of England ahead of a rare performance of his masterpiece,
Volpone, in the York International Shakespeare Festival this May.

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