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Licensing, Censorship and Authorship in Early Modern England


  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Richard Dutton
    Pages 16-40
  3. Richard Dutton
    Pages 62-89
  4. Richard Dutton
    Pages 90-113
  5. Richard Dutton
    Pages 114-131
  6. Richard Dutton
    Pages 132-161
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 192-218

About this book


Licensing, Censorship and Authorship in Early Modern England examines in detail both how the practice of censorship shaped writing in the Shakespearean period, and how our sense of that censorship continues to shape modern understandings of what was written. Separate chapters trace the development of licensing in the theatre, and the response of the actors and dramatists to it. There are detailed examinations of how censorship affects our reading of four major playwrights: Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson and Middleton, and of how the control of printed books compared with that of the stage.


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About the authors

Richard Dutton is Professor of English, Lancaster University.

Bibliographic information


"...Dutton demonstrates his commanding knowledge of the Revels Office and the most important English dramatists of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries." - Ben Jonson Journal