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Authorship and AppropriationWriting for the Stage in England, 1660-1710$
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Paulina Kewes

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184683

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184683.001.0001

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(p.1) Prologue
Authorship and Appropriation

Paulina Kewes

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the economic and cultural status of playwriting in England during the period from 1660 to 1710. During this period, the identity of the author was generally unknown to his audience, had little or no control over the publication or performance of his work, and had only limited reward. The changes in the modern times came from the emergence of copyright legislation and the rise of the idiom of originality.

Keywords:   playwriting, England, authors, copyright, idiom of originality

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