Ben Jonson Biography

Playwright (c. 1572–1637)
Playwright Ben Jonson (1572–1637) was a major force in Elizabethan and Jacobean theater, second only to William Shakespeare himself.


Benjamin Jonson was born circa June 11, 1572 in London. After a stint in the army, he established himself as an actor and playwright. His first major success was Every Man In His Humour (1598). From there, Jonson went on to become a favorite of King James I, who may have made him poet laureate. Jonson's other plays include Volpone (1605), The Alchemist (1610) and Bartholomew Fair (1614).

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