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'(Ump,)': Printing hiccups in the authors' absence or, A Tale of compulsion and imprisonment in Early Modern England

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In 1605, the playwright John Marston went into hiding and his collaborators Ben Jonson and George Chapman were imprisoned; their comedy, Eastward Hoe!, had included two lines of anti-Scottish abuse which had angered King James I. With all three playwrights enforcedly absent, the play was reprinted with the offending lines cut out. In this talk, though, I am more interested in the many other changes made by the printer and his men, and what they can tell us about the ways in which the non-authorial producers of the text engaged with its literary and dramatic content.

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