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From the Publisher"We have good reason to put a high value on the few newly-issued books that succeed in pushing out the boundaries of our knowledge. Charles Whitney has produced one such. A remarkably wide-ranging work, packed with contextual information, it deals with real people's responses to the widest contexts of playgoing, and how they record their specific experiences in the theatre."
Andrew Gurr, Ben Jonson Journal
"The brilliance of Whitney's book lies not only in the examples of response he collects, but in his analysis of the character of that response. It is, in short, a work that no one concerned with the effects of early modern theater before 1660 can afford to neglect."
- Michael O'Connell, University of California, Santa Barbara
"One of the best books of the year, Charles Whitney’s Early Responses to Renaissance Drama refuses to be daunted by the seeming lack of evidence for the effect of early modern English plays on their first audiences...[a] wonderful book."
-Peter G. Platt, Studies in English Literature