Authorship and Appropriation: Writing for the Stage in England, 1660-1710

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Clarendon Press, 1998 - Drama - 304 pages
Authorship and Appropriation is the first full-length study of the cultural and economic status of playwriting in the later seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, and argues that the period was a decisive one in the transition from Renaissance conceptions of authorship towards modern ones. Kewes offers a fresh account of the dramatic canon, revealing how the moderns--Dryden, Otway, Lee, Behn, and then their successors Congreve, Vanbrugh, and Farquhar--acquired an esteem equal, even superior, to their illustrious predecessors Shakespeare, Jonson, and Fletcher.

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Contents

The Playwright and the Marketplace
12
The Proprieties of Appropriation
42
Plagiarism and Property
96
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Paulina Kewes is a Lecturer in English, Department of English at University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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