Thursday, February 28, 2008
Cartwright the Cavalier: A True Son of Ben?
Cartwright has been listed among the 17th century dramatists known as the Sons of Ben, as they were to have been influenced by Ben Jonson. Cartwright's play The Ordinary has been described as a second-rate Jonsonian comedy, nothing more than a pale copy of an original. Does bad replication qualify Cartwright as a true Son of Ben?