‘Stolne and Surreptitious’: Heywood as a Test Case
Keywords:Thomas Heywood, If You Know Not Me, stenography, textual theft
In the eighth and final quarto edition of If You Know Not Me in 1639 Thomas Heywood claims that ‘some by stenography drew / The plot: put it in print, scarce one word true’ so that the text of the first quarto, and therefore all previous quartos, was defective. This article investigates the means by which this 'piracy' could have been done and provides an initial testing of such theft using a small portion of the text in performance.
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