"a very cursory survey of Shakespeare's work (similarly with Webster, though not with Marlowe or Jonson)"

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (1564-1616), the Elizabethan poet and dramatist, is generally considered to be one of the world's greatest playwrights.

JOHN WEBSTER (c.1580-c.1634) was a contemporary of William Shakespeare. He was a dramatist whose plays The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi are considered masterpieces of early 17th century theatre.




Ben Jonson - Vertue after van Honthorst
Public DomainBen Jonson - Vertue after van Honthorst - Credit: George Vertue(1684-1756) after Gerard van Honthorst (1590-1656)

CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE (1564-1593) was also a contemporary of Shakespeare. He was a playwright, poet, and translator whose works include The Jew of Malta and The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus.

BENJAMIN (BEN) JOHNSON (1572-1637), yet another contemporary of Shakespeare, was a dramatist, poet and actor. He is particularly well-known for his plays The Alchemist and Bartholomew Fair.