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.
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