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Earning a living as an author in early modern England the case of Anthony Munday /

by George, G. D.

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James H. Forse, Advisor Anthony Munday (1560-1633) was one of Tudor/Stuart England’s most prolific writers. Over the course of a literary career that lasted for more than fifty years, Munday penned over eighty works, many published more than once. Scholars have over the years constructed a framework that describes Munday variously as author, playwright, " our best plotter, " pamphleteer, uninspired literary hack, translator, historian, and spy. Beyond these labels, Munday has received little attention from the academic community. A re-examination of his life and place reveals that Munday serves as a case study of an early modern author who also exemplifies the rising middling classes of early modern England. That perspective is grounded on two things. First, and most obvious, is a return to the primary sources, what they say and do not say. Conclusions about Munday’s career must reflect the sources themselves, rather than speculation spun out from those sources. Further, Munday’s stages in life and career need to be examined in totality, rather than concentrating on specific jobs, genres, or works. Munday’s life lends itself to such an examination because the clear-cut chronological delineations that are evident in his life and are united by the constant thread of writing for commercial gain. It is in that totality that a true picture of the professional writer as a member of the upwardly mobile, middling classes can be seen. iv 0 Showes! Showes! Mighty Showes! The Eloquence of Masques! What need of prose Or Verse, or Sense t’express Immortall you? You are the Spectacles of State! Tis true Court Hieroglyphicks! and all Artes affoord In the mere perspective of an Inch board! Oh, to make Boardes to speake! There is a taske Painting and Carpentry are the Soule of Masque. Pack with your pedling Poetry to the Stage, This is the money-gett, Mechanick Age! -Ben Jonson An Expostulation with Inigo Jones How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon? -Dr. Seuss v For my whole family, but most especially Mary, Lily, and Nicky. And to the memory of Kathy Ann Lepovetsky Requiescat in pace. vi
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School:Bowling Green State University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:munday anthony middle class in literature

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