[Milton-L] Query re Wither, _Schollers Purgatory_

Gavin Alexander gra1000 at cam.ac.uk
Mon Feb 11 12:37:44 EST 2008


It's p. 10 (sig. A5v). Wither is moaning about how stationers can do what 
they want with an author's copy - and he gets little of the money. It's a 
key moment in the early history of ideas of authorship and copyright.

Gavin Alexander


On Feb 11 2008, Daniel W. Doerksen wrote:

>Hello Carol,
>
>That date seems wrong; it's before Laud could have had power of censorship 
>of the kind that Wither would complain about.
>
>At 03:27 PM 2/10/2008, you wrote:
>> Does anyone happen to know where in his _Schollers Purgatory_ (1624) 
>> George Wither said that Laud's censorship "hath brought Authors, yea the 
>> whole Commonwealth, and all the liberall Sciences into bondage"? I've 
>> cited the quotation without the page number in a monograph that I hope 
>> is "soon to be published." (I believe the text is on EEBO, but won't 
>> have access to it until next weekend.)
>>
>>Thanks in advance for any enlightenment you can offer!
>>
>>Best to all,
>>
>>Carol Barton
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>Daniel W. Doerksen 

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Dr Gavin Alexander
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