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date: 22 January 2020

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This chapter summarizes the historical reputation of Ben Jonson’s final works for the public stage during the late Jacobean era and the beginning of the Caroline period, c.1616–37. It incorporates current lines of research and discussion into a reading of each text, and argues for their particular value as examples of acute, sometimes critical, always entertaining dramatic commentary on early modern mores and topical subjects. It suggests, with specific reference to The Staple of News (1626) and A Tale of A Tub (1633), that Jonson paid continued and visible attention to his role and responsibilities as an author positioned at the intersection of the public sphere and the republic of letters.

Keywords: Jonson, Jacobean, Caroline, stage, news

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