it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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O Rare Ben Jonson

I am reading Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, by Charles Nicholl. The end of his very brief biography of Ben does my little heart good, for pith, and vinegar.

Bedridden from a stroke, Jonson lived his last years at the Gate House at Westminster, with a drunken housekeeper and a pet fox.

Nicholl don't write half bad, do he? And as for Ben, you self-absorbed, mutton-faced, persnickety old bastard...

Well, I'd name a rose after you, man.
Tags: ben, posthumous jonson, rengeekery

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