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Censorship and Interpretation
The Conditions of Writing and Reading in Early Modern England
Annabel Patterson

“The book’s rich argument and incisive style command great respect: it deserves to stand as a representative of all that is best in recent work on Renaissance literary history.”
Times Literary Supplement

Annabel Patterson explores the effects of censorship on both writing and reading in early modern England, drawing analogies and connections with France during the same period. The result is an original account of the interpretive and communicative systems we call culture. Patterson's work will interest anyone concerned with the relationship between art and politics. A new introduction by the author underscores relevance of a historical perspective on censorship to contemporary culture.

When this book was published, Annabel Patterson was professor of literature and English at Duke University. She is the author of Pastoral and Ideology: Virgil to Valéry and Marvell and the Civic Crown.

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March 1991

LC: 84-040156 Z
288 pp.   5 1/2 x 8 1/2  
4 illus.

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ISBN 978-0-299-09954-1
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