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Ben Jonson’s "Volpone, or the Fox": A Retelling

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Ben Jonson was a master of satire who ranks with Jonathan Swift and Voltaire. In Volpone, he tackles greed. The wealthy Venetian gentleman Volpone is as cunning as a fox, and he pretends to be very ill and dying in order to entice legacy-hunters to give him valuable gifts in hopes of being named his heir. This works well for three years, but then ...

This is an easy-to-read retelling of Ben Jonson's satiric masterpiece: "Volpone, or the Fox."

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