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Published: 03 September 1998

318 Pages | 10 black and white illustrations


ISBN: 9780198184683

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Writing for the Stage in England, 1660-1710

Paulina Kewes

Clarendon Press

Oxford English Monographs

  • The first full-length study of the cultural and economic status of playwriting in the later seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.
  • Modern scholarship has supposed that stress on 'originality' in literature was largely a development of the C18. This book uses hitherto neglected evidence to testify to a substantial and growing concern for independent composition among playwrights and readers in the second half of the C17.
  • Applies its argument a number of prominent playwrights of the period, including Dryden, Otway, Lee, Behn, and their successors Congreve, Vanbrugh, and Farquhar.
  • Shows the Restoration period to have been one of serious and animated debate about the methods of playwriting.