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John Donne and the Conway Papers: Patronage and Manuscript Circulation in the Early Seventeenth Century

Daniel Starza Smith


How and why did men and women send handwritten poetry, drama, and literary prose to their friends and social superiors in seventeenth-century England—and what were the consequences of these communications? Within this culture of manuscript publication, why did John Donne (1572–1631), an author who attempted to limit the circulation of his works, become the most transcribed writer of his age? The book investigates a seventeenth-century archive, the Conway Papers, in order to explain the relationship between Donne and the archive’s owners, the Conway family, important soldiers and statesmen whos ... More

Keywords: John Donne, Edward Conway, John Conway, Conway Papers, manuscripts, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, Henry Goodere, patronage, literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199679133
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679133.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Starza Smith, author
Lincoln College, University of Oxford