Jane Rickard is associate professor of 17th-century English Literature at the University of Leeds. She is the author of "Writing the Monarch in Jacobean England: Jonson, Donne, Shakespeare and the Works of King James" and "Authorship and Authority: The Writings of James VI and I."

Ben Jonson’s Readers

The poet and playwright Ben Jonson (1572–1637) was exceptionally concerned with literary posterity. His most ambitious publication was the folio collection of his Works that appeared 400 years ago this year. Through this monumental book, Jonson attempted to ensure that future generations would read and appreciate his plays, poems, and … Continue reading