This book is the revised form of the Panizzi Lectures delivered at the British Library in 2011. Judith Milhous and Robert D. Hume have an undisputable claim to being the world’s best theatrical bibliographers of the long eighteenth century. Together they account for thirty-six items in their own bibliography, all of them worth their places in the footnotes. One is struck by the book’s sheer generosity: the information it contains would fill two volumes written by other scholars. It comes with 115 illustrations, many of them showcasing Milhous’s private collection. The appendixes assimilate invaluable information about copyright transfer agreements found in Nichols, the Upcott Collection, and elsewhere that provides the raw data for assessing playwrights’ earnings in the period. There are thirty-six tables, each one representing a staggering computational effort, some of them containing the book’s most illuminating and explosive material. Table...
The Publication of Plays in London, 1660–1800: Playwrights, Publishers, and the Market
Brean Hammond is emeritus professor of English at the University of Nottingham. His most recent books are an edition of Double Falsehood and a monograph on Jonathan Swift (both 2010). His most recent essay is “Defoe and the Picaresque,” in The Picaresque Novel in Western Literature, edited by J. A. G. Garrido Ardila (2015).
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Brean Hammond; The Publication of Plays in London, 1660–1800: Playwrights, Publishers, and the Market. Modern Language Quarterly 1 March 2017; 78 (1): 121–124. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00267929-3699805
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