Volpone and Other Plays : "Volpone", "The Alchemist", "Bartholomew Fair", Paperback

Volpone and Other Plays : "Volpone", "The Alchemist", "Bartholomew Fair" Paperback

Edited by Michael Jamieson

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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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Plays, playscripts
  • ISBN: 9780141441184



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I actually read an online version of this text provided by my teacher as part of my Introduction to Drama course, so this is not the same version I'm writing about, but is the same work (speaking specifically of Volpone). The version we read for class didn't have any notes or anything, which proved to be necessary for me to really feel that I understood it. But, fortunately, these are easy to find online if necessary. In terms of the show itself, there is certainly a great deal to be amused by here, and it is also a good example of Renaissance comedy. As someone that has always been interested in drama, I certainly considered this one to be well worth reading.

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