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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.225) Epilogue
Authorship and Appropriation

Paulina Kewes

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the significant positive developments in playwriting in England during the period from 1660 to 1710. In the 1660s the writer of a play had little status or security. His identity was largely unknown and not property compensated. This condition changed starting in the 1690s when authors started to be recognized in play catalogues, the audience began to be critical of plagiarism, and the authors were properly paid for the performance or publication of their work under the renumeration system introduced after the Restoration.

Keywords:   playwriting, England, play catalogues, plagiarism, compensation, playwrights

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