Posted By Roger Stritmatter on October 26, 2011
With thanks to Lisa W. for the tipoff, here’s the Science Daily article, reporting on the possible discovery of a a major new Jonson-related manuscript by University of Nottingham and University of Edinburgh researchers:
Researchers….are now examining the anonymous 41-page journal in a major research project which will reconstruct a large missing piece of the colourful jigsaw of Ben Jonson’s life story. Dr James Loxley, Head of the Department of English at the University of Edinburgh, and Professor Julie Sanders, Head of the School of English Studies at The University of Nottingham, are working with a postdoctoral fellow, Dr Anna Groundwater to unlock the meanings and significance of this intriguing document.
The 7,500-word handwritten manuscript, apparently the work of a “previously unsuspected travelling companion,” involves Jonson’s legendary 1618 walking tour, that took him all the way to his own Scottish roots in Edinburgh, as otherwise recounted in Jonson’s Conversations with William Drummond and other contemporary documents.
*For more information on this fascinating volume, visit the Chetham library online.