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Volpone and Other Plays (Penguin Classics)

Volpone and Other Plays (Penguin Classics)
Author: Ben Jonson
ISBN 13: 9780141441184
ISBN 10: 141441186
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2004-12-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 496
List Price: $13.00

The three plays collected in this volume depict the faults, errors and foibles of ordinary people with exuberant humour, savage satire and acute observations. Volpone portrays a rich Venetian who pretends to be dying so that his despised acquaintances will flock to his bedside with extravagant gifts in hope of an inheritance. The Alchemist also deals with greed and gullibility, as a rascally trio of confidence tricksters, claiming to have the legendary Philosopher's Stone, fool a series of victims who are hoping to make some easy money. And in a wonderfully energetic portrait of Jacobean life, Bartholomew Fair shows a diverse group of Londoners sampling the delights and temptations of the Fair - and the traders, prostitutes and cutpurses who set out to exploit them.