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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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The Playwright and the Marketplace

The Playwright and the Marketplace

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(p.12) 1 The Playwright and the Marketplace
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Authorship and Appropriation
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Paulina Kewes

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184683.003.0002

This chapter examines the gradual re-emergence of professional writing for the stage in England during the later part of the 18th century after an eighteen-year hiatus. It suggests that contemporary conceptions of dramatic authorship were influenced by the institutional changes in the theatrical marketplace. This is because under the renumeration system introduced after the Restoration, the financial reward of the authors was directly dependent upon the quality of the script.

Keywords:   playwriting, England, theatrical marketplace, renumeration system, authors, dramatic authorship

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