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From Playhouse to Printing House
Drama and Authorship in Early Modern England


Part of Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521034869

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  • This study examines how Shakespeare and his contemporaries made the difficult transition from writing plays for the theatre to publishing them as literary works. Tracing the path from playhouse to printing house, Douglas Brooks analyses how and why certain popular plays found their way into print while many others failed to do so and looks at the role played by the Renaissance book trade in shaping literary reputations. Incorporating many finely observed typographical illustrations, this book focuses on plays by Shakespeare, Jonson, Webster and Beaumont and Fletcher as well as reviewing the complicated publication history of Thomas Heywood's work. Brooks uncovers the continually shifting relationship between theatre and publisher and defines the way in which the concept of authorship changed. His book represents an important contribution to the refiguration of two histories: English Renaissance drama and the early modern book.

    • Examines the authorship of English Renaissance drama in terms of the early modern publishing industry
    • Considers a range of dramatists including Shakespeare, Jonson, Webster, Beaumont and Fletcher, and Heywood and includes more than twenty finely observed typographical illustrations
    • Wide appeal to students and scholars of Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, print culture, history of the book
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    'This densely-woven study offers a significant new interpretation of the relationship of dramatic authorship to the processes by which plays got into print in the Early Modern period. This is an important, well written, and deeply learned book.' David Bevington

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521034869
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.481kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Prologue 'Thou grewst to govern the whole Stage alone': dramas of authorship in early modern England
    1. 'A toy brought to the Presse': marketing printed drama in early modern London
    2. 'So disfigured with scrapings & blotting out': Sir John Oldcastle and the construction of Shakespeare's authorship
    3. 'If he be at his book, disturb him not': the two Jonson folios of 1616
    4. 'What strange Production is at last displaid': dramatic authorship and the dilemma of collaboration
    5. 'So wronged in beeing publisht': Thomas Heywood and the discourse of perilous publication
    Epilogue 'Why not Malevole in folio with vs': the after-birth of the author

  • Author

    Douglas A. Brooks, Texas A & M University

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