By Thomas N. Corns
A heritage of Seventeenth-century Literature outlines major advancements within the English literary culture among the years 1603 and 1690. an brisk and provocative historical past of English literature from 1603-1690. a part of the foremost Blackwell heritage of English Literature sequence. Locates seventeenth-century English literature in its social and cultural contexts. Considers the actual stipulations of literary construction and intake. seems to be on the complicated political, spiritual, cultural and social pressures on seventeenth-century writers. gains shut severe engagement with significant authors and texts. Thomas Corns is a big foreign authority on Milton, the Caroline courtroom, and the political literature of the English Civil warfare and the Interregnum.
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For a minor post £200 would be offered, with competitive bids of between £1,000 and £4,000 for lucrative offices such as the receivership of the Court of Wards or the treasurership at war (Guy 1995b: 8). In markets like this, dedicating a book or delivering a birthday ode did not carry much weight, although if that was all one had to offer, the persistence of the practices is understandable. 32 The Last Years of Elizabeth I Setting the style for her leading aristocrats, Elizabeth was notoriously parsimonious in her support for creative artists.
They were poorly designed, sometimes scarcely designed at all. They relied on copy that was sometimes unauthorized and unreliable. Their sloppy standards reflected the cosy security of the guild that produced them. The investment of all legal and financial advantage relating to intellectual property in stationers rather than in authors inhibited the development of professional writers, ensuring that those who lived by their pens worked frantically and dissipated energies in necessary diversification.
Those of the players that are committed . . what is become of the rest of their fellows that either had their parts in the devising of that seditious matter, or that were actors or players in the same; what copies they have given forth of the said play and to whom; and such other points as your shall think meet to be demanded of them’ (Wickham et al. 2000: 102). Richard Topcliffe was the notorious chief inquisitor of recusants, a man licensed to use torture in extracting information. Indeed, his involvement leads Charles Nicholl to speculate that the objectionable play had some recusant elements within it (1984: 254), though there would seem to be no supporting evidence.
A History of Seventeenth-Century English Literature (Blackwell History of Literature) by Thomas N. Corns