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The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online presents a complete reappraisal of this major Renaissance writer, complementing and extending the seven-volume print edition of Jonson’s works. Learn more

© The Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth. Reproduced by permission of the Chatsworth Settlement Trustees.

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  • Modern spelling edition

    Modernized texts with generous introductions or headnotes to each work, along with extensive commentary, and collation.
  • Old spelling edition

    Searchable old-spelling texts transcribed from the major manuscripts and early printed books from which the modern spelling edition is derived, together with high-quality digital images of the textual witnesses keyed to each text.
  • Masque archive

    A collection of records - financial accounts, eyewitness testimony, ambassadors’ letters - relating to Jonson’s masques.
  • Life records

    An archive of documents - including registers of births and deaths, - relating to Jonson’s life.

Special features


Explore an interactive timeline of Jonson’s life and times.

Music edition

One hundred song settings and dances associated with Jonson’s plays, poems and masques.

Textual Essays

These essays, written by the contributing editors, document the technical work which lies behind the texts.

Performance archive

Browse the archive of amateur and professional productions of Ben Jonson's plays and their adaptations from the earliest performances to the present.

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From the archive

December 1660
The Alchemist

Performed by the King’s Company at Gibbons’s Tennis Court, Vere Street.

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