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Ben Jonson Goes Digital

benjonsonIt’s hard not to be impressed with The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online, offering to the Cornell community a fully searchable version of the 7-volume print edition (all the original introductions, collations, and commentary) as well as a rich array of related primary and secondary materials: old-spelling texts, several hundred high-quality images, and 100 music scores. The online edition also provides details of more than 1300 stage performances, and has a cross-linked bibliography of over 7000 items. It’s designed to allow this wealth of additional content to be accessed independently or used in close interaction with the modern-spelling text of Jonson’s works.  And the resource will grow! Future supplements will include transcribing documents relating to Jonson’s reputation and afterlife; a catalogue of the surviving books from Jonson’s library; Foot Voyage into Scotland, a recently-discovered diary of Jonson’s walk to Edinburgh in 1617; letters written to Jonson; essays on writings dubiously ascribed to Jonson; and additional collations to Jonson’s non-dramatic verse.  “Break then thy quills” and explore the work and world of Ben Jonson online.


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