Ben Jonson: Every Man Out of His Humour

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Every Man Out of His Humour is a satirical comedy by Ben Jonson, which sets out to instruct its audience by ridiculing the follies of its characters and exposing the vices of contemporary society. It was first performed in 1599 at the Globe Theatre in London and, in 1600, was the first of Jonson’s plays to appear in print. No fewer than three quarto editions were printed that year, and a revised version was printed in 1616 as part of the folio edition of Jonson’s Works.

The play is a comedy of humours, extending Jonson’s experiments in that form initiated in Every Man in His Humour a year earlier. In the induction scene of Every Man Out of His Humour, Asper discusses the four humours of yellow …

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O'Brien, Emily. "Every Man Out of His Humour". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 May 2014
[, accessed 28 September 2016.]

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  1. English Renaissance Theatre - Elizabethan