The Author as Proprietor: Donaldson v. Becket and the Genealogy of Modern Authorship

  title={The Author as Proprietor: Donaldson v. Becket and the Genealogy of Modern Authorship},
  author={M. Henry Rose},
  • M. Rose
  • Published 1 July 1988
  • Art
  • Representations
The coming into being of the notion of "author" constitutes the privileged moment of individualization in the history of ideas, knowledge, literature, philosophy, and the sciences. Even today when we reconstruct the history of a concept, literary genre, or school of philosophy, such categories seem relatively weak, secondary, and superimposed scansions in comparison with the solid andfundamental unit of the author and the work. -Michel Foucault, "What Is an Author?"' 
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Complete Poems and Major Prose
First published by Odyssey Press in 1957, this classic edition provides Milton's poetry and major prose works, richly annotated, in a sturdy and affordable clothbound volume.
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On the Venetian privilegii and other developments relevant to what might be called the prehistory of copyright see Horatio F. Brown, The Venetian Printing Press, 14691800
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discusses this change and many other matters that impinge upon my subject in Printing Technology, Letters, and SamuelJohnson
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involved living writers, or if it did the author was usually a person whose rank would have forbidden accepting payment; Shakespeare's Fight With the Pirates (Cambridge, 1937)
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bookseller William Strahan dated 7 March 1774 in which Johnson develops his ideas on copyright and suggests the term of life plus thirty years; Johnsonian Miscellanies, ed
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