Guest Poet Ben Jonson: To the Reader. Try Again.

· 4 March 2017 ·

[Jonson’s second attempt at his First Folio introduction]

Ben saw my post about the First Folio.

Told me he’s been very disappointed by the “stunning obtuseness” of nearly everyone who’s ever read what he penned for the book. Apologised profusely for all the trouble. “I thought they’d get it. How was I to know they’d need hit over the head with bed slats? Maybe this will help.”



In case you need to refer to the original,

We didn’t even discuss the elegy. Postlife is too short.


Additional Bed Slats Reading:

• from the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship publication Brief Chronicles:

The 1623 Shakespeare First Folio: A Minority Report (2016) [PDF]
Roger Stritmatter, Michael Delahoyde, editors

in particular: First Folio Fraud [PDF]
by Katherine Chiljan
pgs 69-87

• from the SOF publication The Oxfordian:

Honest Ben and the Two Tribes He Hath Left Us [PDF]
by Gabriel Ready
Volume 17 (September 2015) – pgs 7-26