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Dramatists and their Manuscripts in the Age of Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton and Heywood: Authorship, Authority and the Playhouse (Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture) Hardcover – 18 Jan 2006

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (18 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415339650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415339650
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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'an admirably thorough investigation of a previously neglected subject. The book is enlivened by many touches of human interest ... [it] would be a valuable addition to any university or public library.' - British Theatre Guide

"Ioppolo's book, often iconoclastic, can also be bracingly funny ... it brings the opportunity to think again in new and fresh ways about the manuscripts at the book's centre and their place in the culture and practices of the early modern theatre.' - The Library

"To say that Ioppolo's book will, or should, completely alter the way the texts by the playwrights of the period are edited and therefore performed is to put it entirely too mildly. And, of course, she most definitely brings the author back from the dead...I would like to see this book published in paperback and made required reading for all faculty and post-graduate students involved in advanced degrees in Early Modern English drama and all faculty and students in schools of drama, just as Ioppolo and I would like to see the return, or the introduction, of the compulsory study of physical bibliography, paleography, and textual criticism in these same syllabuses." - William Proctor Williams, University of Akron, Notes and Queries


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A much needed rebuff to the many recent studies concerning the production of early modern drama. This book intelligently restores the author/dramatist to where -- sensibly -- they always belonged - at the heart of the creative process. But in so doing also highlights how authors' continued to be involved in the production of their own texts throughout that process. This runs contrary to an often annoying and too confident strand of criticism that has crept into late 20th Century Shakespeare studies. Ioppolo demonstrates how texts were in fact circulated back to authors at all stages of the process and so the writer retained control of their work. Acting as the equivalent of a modern director Shakespeare in particular would have had a great deal of influence as writer-sharer in his own acting company. MS studies appear to be on the increase shedding new light on old areas of topicality, Grace Ioppolo has produced an excellent introductory work here that should excite interest and prompt further study. All serious students of Shakespeare should at least be aware of this book.

[Cf with works such as those by Douglas L. Brooks, or similar criticism which seeks to exclude or diminish the role of the writer]
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