Ian Donaldson

Ian Donaldson is the author of Ben Jonson: A Life and a general editor of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson.

My Dagger into Yow: Sidney’s Letters

Ian Donaldson, 25 April 2013

Letters, Robert Lovelace remarks in Clarissa, are a way of ‘writing from the heart’. A brilliant letter-writer though a terrible etymologist, Lovelace finds warrant for this belief in the word correspondence: letters (so he thinks) touch the core, the coeur, of their senders’ being, revealing their innermost thoughts and sensations, showing their essential character. Letters...

The Tribe of Ben: Ben Jonson

Blair Worden, 11 October 2012

Seventeenth-century critics thought Ben Jonson England’s finest writer. Even until the mid-18th century he was conventionally regarded as at least Shakespeare’s equal. It was he more...

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Michael Wood, 5 May 1983

‘All the unhurried day,’ Philip Larkin wrote, addressing a long-dead girl who had been drugged and raped in London, ‘Your mind lay open like a drawer of knives.’ All that...

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