Reviewing Ian Donaldson’s life of Ben Jonson in The New Criterion of April 2012, I noted that a new edition of Jonson’s complete works was forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.1 Now it has appeared, in seven fat volumes with a separate electronic version, overseen by three general editors including Donaldson—who provides a skillfully condensed version of his biography in Volume 1—with a team of distinguished editors for individual works, and it is a magnificent achievement. In recent years we have had notable editions of individual plays, but this is the first modern attempt to present the canon as...

 

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