[Milton-L] Query re Wither, _Schollers Purgatory_

Carol Barton cbartonphd1 at verizon.net
Mon Feb 11 12:42:54 EST 2008

Thanks, Gavin! It wouldn't be the first time that Hill put an interesting 
"spin" on something that differed from the original context and meaning.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gavin Alexander" <gra1000 at cam.ac.uk>
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Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Query re Wither, _Schollers Purgatory_

> 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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> Fellow Librarian and Lecturer in English, Christ's College
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