The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0814 Thursday, 28 April 2005
From: John Briggs <
Date: Thursday, 28 Apr 2005 00:09:34 +0100
Subject: 'Staying Entries'
What is the current thinking about the so-called "staying entries"?
Peter W.M. Blayney has convinced us that everything that we thought we
knew about publishing, licensing, copyright (or lack thereof), 'piracy'
etc in Shakespeare's day was completely wrong. Without actually
mentioning them, he had somehow convinced me that the "staying entries"
were a species of optical illusion - but how does that square with this
record by Philip Henslowe: "Lent vnto Robarte shawe the 18 of march 1599
to geue vnto the printer to staye the printing of patient gresell the
some of xxxx s."? What are the possible interpretations of that?
And is it related in any way to the "staying entries"?
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