ISBN: 9789353763633 Pages: 135 Size: 129 x 198 mm Weight: 250 gm.
About The Book
"Written by English dramatist, Ben Jonson, The Alchemist is a comedy condensed into five acts, and set during the plague of 1610 in London. The play was first performed in 1610 and published in 1612.
The Alchemist presents the events after Lovewit, a gentleman, leaves his house to the care of his butler, Jeremy, who then transforms himself into Face. Face along with con-artists, Subtle, a supposed alchemist, and Doll Common, a prostitute, begins to run a fraudulent business.
As the play unfolds, the con-artists become increasingly delusional about the existence of a Philosopherâ€™s Stone. All these events eventually culminate in the masterâ€™s return and an interesting plot twist.
The Alchemist highlights the deep-seated human craving for more wealth, power, and prestige. It also portrays Jonsonâ€™s masterly use of language, his art of satire and his writing as a dramatist. An outstanding insight into the journey of self refinement and the lives of those who live on the margins of society, The Alchemist is a must-read."
About Ben Jonson
Ben Jonson, born on 11 June 1572, was an English dramatist,
poet, and literary critic. After completing his formal education, he joined
his stepfatherâ€™s business, but left it to pursue a career in writing. By
1597, he was writing plays for Philip Henslowe. Jonson became a name to
reckon with in 1598, when his play Every Man in His Humour was successfully
presented by the Lord Chamberlainâ€™s theatrical company.
Known for his literary craftsmanship and his fine artistic ability,
Jonsonâ€™s direct influence is discernible in each genre he explored. Every Man
in His Humour (1598), Volpone (1605), Epicoene; or, The Silent Woman (1609),
and Bartholomew Fair (1614) are amongst his most notable plays.
Remembered as the second most important English dramatist after William
Shakespeare, Jonson died in 1637.