Ben J. was an English dramatist and poet, and besides Shakespeare (see below C.) the most important author of the English Renaissance. Born Benjamin J. on June 11(?) 1572 at Westminster in London, he died there on August 6, 1637. He was the son of a Protestant cleric who died before J. was born. J. attended Westminster School in London, studying there with the antiquarian and historian William Camden. He trained as a mason with his stepfather, as a soldier in Flanders, and as an actor and …
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Kuhn-Chen, Barbara (Frankfurt am Main),
“Jonson, Ben”, in:
Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism
, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014).
Consulted online on 22 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004883>
First published online: 2015