Abrams, M.H. The Norton Anthology. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1993.
The book gives a brief history of the life of Ben Jonson and his literary works. Ben Jonson is described as an actor, playwright, poet, and poet laureate, scholar and a critic. The works include 1598: Every Man in His Humor, Johson's first published play, 1606: Volpone, 1616: Jonson appointed poet laureate; publishes his Works, 1629: Decisive failure of The New Inn.
Adams, Robert. Ben Johnson's Plays and Masques. 1979.
This volume presents a fresh selection of Ben Jonson's dramatic works. It includes his three greatest and most accessible comedies-Volpone (1606), Epicoene (1609), and The Alchemist (1610)-along with the seldom-reprinted unfinished pastoral comedy The Sad Shephard (1640); in the editor's words, this play "complements the other three plays, which are all urban in their setting, by displaying a broad, an almost romantic, strain of country feeling."
Bamborough, J.B. Ben Jonson. Hutchinson University Library, 1970.
This is a comprehensive account of Ben Jonson's work, including chapters on the comedies, the tragedies, and masques, the poetry, prose and critisism. It follows his work chronologically, and contains indispensable biographical information.
Burt, Richard. Licensed by Authority: Ben Jonson and the Discourses of Censorship. New York: Cornell University Press, 1993.
This book focuses on Jonson as a man of complexities and on the censorship of early theater. Ben Jonson was censored continuously in his career and became a censor himself later on.
Butler, Martin. The Selected Plays of Ben Jonson. London: Cambridge University Press, 1989.
Four of Ben Jonson's plays are examined in this second volume of criticism: two are his major works and two from his later oeuvre. They Include the Alchemist, Bartholomew Fair, The New Inn and A Tale of the Tub.
Magnusson, Magnus. Cambridge Biographical Dictionary. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990.
This contains a small biography of Ben Jonson's life and lists some of his works with a brief information on each one.
Eisaman Maus, Katherine. Ben Jonson and the Roman Frame of Mind. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1984.
This book looks at the artistic view Ben Jonson's work. It examines several of his works.
Evans, C. Robert. Habits of Mind: Evidence and Effects of Ben Jonson's Reading. Pennsylvania: Bucknell University Press, 1995.
In Habits of Mind, his fourth book on Ben Johnson, Robert C. Evans turns to the reading habits of one the best-read and most-learned of all the great English poets and discovers that the impact of Jonson's reading on his own art was both immediate and strong. Studying Jonson;s markings can provide unique insights into his own thinking and creativity, Evans postulates, because the poet's reading was not a distraction, but central to his inspiration and artistic development. The marked books that Evans discusses are a deliberately mixed lot, and the methods used in discussing them are also intentionally diverse. The chosen works represent differing periods, genres, styles, and thematic concerns, thus suggesting the impressive range of Jonson's interest as well as the continuities that seem to underlie them.
Evans, C. Robert. Jonson and the Contexts of His Time. Pennsylvania: Bucknell University Press, 1994.
This is a detailed study of Ben Jonson's art and his career. It examines specific works, particular historical circumstances, and complex relations with various individuals, author Robert C. Evans tries to relocate Jonson's writings in the contexts that helped shape their artistry.
Hayes, Tom. The Birth of Popular Culture: Ben Jonson, Maid Marian and Robin Hood. Pennsylvania: Duquesne University Press, 1992.
The Birth of Popular Culture: Ben Jonson, Maid Marian and Robin Hood explores the relationship between the profession of author and the discursive construction of "folk" or "popular" culture. Its theoretical underpinnings derive from Gramsci, Bakhtin, Foucault, Derrida, Clement and others. Hayes demonstrates how the creation of the authorial persona coincide with the spread of print and the rise of popular literacy.
Haynes, Jonathan. The Social Relations of Jonson's Theatre. London: Cambridge University Press, 1992.
The author considers the Elizabethan playwright Ben Jonson a realist and an acute observer of the transformation from feudalism to capitalism with many of the forms and purposes of Jonson's realism resulting from the social dynamics of the London Theater audience. Haynes presents a detailed literary historical argument about the sources and consequences of Jonson's realism and examines the entanglements of life and art in Johnson's time.
Herford, C.H. and Simpson Percy and Evelyn. Ben Jonson. Oxford: Clarendon Press (11 Vols. 8:246), 1952.
All references to Johnson's works are to this edition and are incorporated in this text.
Jonson, Ben, Cain Tom (Editor). Poetaster (Revels Plays). New York: Manchester University Press, 1996.
Jonson's famous satirical comedy, which includes detailed explanatory notes and an introduction, which examines the play.
Jonson, Ben. Three Comedies: Volpone, The Alchemist, Bartholomew Fair. New York: Penguin Books, 1985.
This book contains Ben Jonson's most famous pieces. These are considered to be his masterpieces. Volpone is an unpleasant satire on senile sensuality and greedy legacy hunters; The Alchemist is better with its single plot and strict adherence to the unities. Bartholomew Fair has the fun of the fair, salted by Ben Jonson's anti-puritan prejudices.
Johnson, A.W. Ben Jonson: Poetry and Architecture (Oxford English Monographs). Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994.
Using annotated architectural volumes surviving from Jonson's library as well as his published works, A.W. Johnson survey the evidence for Jonson's knowledge of, and theoretical agreement with, the architectural principles enunciated in the De architectura libri decem of the Roman architect Vitrvius. He goes on to examine Jonson's encomiastic poetry and the early lasques in the light of the latter's interest in architecture, finding in them centered and harmonically proportioned forms which suggest a much closer proximity between Jonson's and Inigo Jone's aesthetic in the early years of the Jacobean period than has formerly been supposed.
Jonson, Ben, Brockbank, Philip (Editor). Volpone. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1976.
This is one of Ben Jonson's earliest and perhaps still the best of Jonson's great plays. Jonson may have used this comedy to mock a powerful and well know contemporary.
Kay, David W. Ben Jonson: A Literary Life (Literary Lives). St. Martins Press, 1995.
This book is a concise biography of Jonson. He was a figure of remarkable contradictions, Ben Jonson was both 'passionately kind and angry' and yet an advocate of Stoic self-control, both the Jacobean age's leading satirist and its pensioned court poet.
McCanles, Michael. Jonsonian Discriminations: The Humanist Poet and the Praise of True Nobility. Canada: University of Toronto Press, 1992.
The book argues that Jonson sought to transform the inherited aristocracy of England into an aristocracy of humanist virtue in which he could claim a place through his achievement of true nobility by the merits of his own intellectual labors. In this survey of all Jonson's non-dramatic poetry, McCanles identifies a range of dialectical and contrastive forms through which this concern was rendered poetically.
Maclean, Hugh. Ben Jonson and the Cavalier Poets. New York: Norton, 1974.
This volume offers an abundant and representative selection of the verse of Ben Jonson and the Cavalier Poets. Jonson is represented by a wide selection from the Epigrams, including the mock epic "On the Famous Voyage"; The Forest, complete; extensive selection from Underwood, including such well known pieces as " A Celebration of Charis" and the Cary-Morison ode, together with the "Epithalamion" on the Weston-Stuart nuptials and "An Execration Upon Vulcan"; and more.
Magill. Critical Survey of Poetry-English Lang Series. California: Salem Press, 1992.
This book lists the principal poetry of Jonson as well as other literary forms. It also includes a biography of Ben Jonson's life, his achievements and analysis of his work.
Riddell, James, Stewart, Stanley. Jonson's Spenser: Evidence and Historical Criticism (Duquesne Studies. Language and Literature, Vol. 18). Pennsylvania: Duquesne University Press, 1995.
This book talks about the personal influence of Jonson by the work of Edmond Spencer. It also includes an interpretation of Ben Jonson's personal copy of Edmond Spenser's folio (1617).
Riggs, David. Ben Jonson: A Life. Harvard University Press, 1989.
This includes a history of Ben Jonson as well as the English Renaissance period.
Smith, Barbara. The Women of Ben Jonson's Poetry: Female Representations in the Non-Dramatic Verse. New York: Scolar Press, 1995.
Smith challenges previously held conceptions of Jonson as a misogynist who upheld the patronage system that allowed him to work. Through detailed examination of his poetic structures, the influence of the works of Juvenal, Martial, and Horace, and Jonson's attitude to his own female patrons, the Countess of Bedford and Lady Mary Wroth, The Women of Ben Jonson's Poetry demonstrates how seventeenth-century cultural ideas of gender are both supported and subverted in the poems.
Van den Berg, Sara J. The Action of Ben Jonson's Poetry. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1987
This book has some great information that gives some explanation to some of Ben Jonson's best works.
Writers of the Restoration and 18th Century. Concise Dictionary of British Literary Biography, Volume Two. Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research International Limited, 1992.
This book examines the works of Ben Jonson and the works of other poets during the middle ages and the renaissance before 1600.