Jonson, Benjamin (Ben). Born about 1573. Dramatist. Was educated at Westminster under Camden. It is uncertain whether he studied at Cambridge. After following the trade of a bricklayer, he went as a volunteer to Flanders. On his return he became an actor, and also wrote plays in conjunction with others. His first independent work, "Every Man in His Humour," was followed by "Every Man Out of His Humour," "Cynthia's Revels," "Sejanus," "Volpone," "The Alchemist," and many others. Died 1637.