The discovery and reexamination of women authors has been a key part of the emergence of early modern women's studies, but a major problem has been the inaccessibility of the texts themselves. This series is designed to make available a comprehensive collection of writings in English from 1500-1700, both by women and for and about them. Each text is preceded by a short introduction providing an overview of the life and work of the writer along with a survey of important scholarship. The series will be published in two sections, covering 1500-1640 and 1641-1700, and complimented by a separate facsimile series of essential works and original monographs. This volume is part of the section covering the period of 1641-1700.
Continuing the series presenting facsimiles of works by women in England between 1500 and 1750, Volume Seven offers four plays. Among them are the first and last original plays by women to be printed between 1660 and 1700, (1670) and (1700). The other two, (1695) and (1698) appeared at a time when women playwrights became a significant force in the theater. The 50 or so plays from that period by well known playwrights, such as Aphra Behn, Margaret Cavendish, and Mary Pix, will appear in single-author volumes of the second part of the series. Readers are on their own to work out the orthography, now obsolete terms, and unusual syntax, but readers of Shakespeare will find much familiar. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)