Dying to be Read: Gallows Authorship in Late Seventeenth-Century England Academic Article uri icon


  • In her essay Dying to be Read, Margaret Ezells explores a media configuration of authorship that literally necessitates the death of the author as a condition sine qua non: the printed dying words of executed men and women in the Restoration period. The essay examines this type of gallows literature of the 1670 and 1680s as a form of performed narrative that highlights the complexity of seventeenth-century authorship practices.

published proceedings

  • Authorship

author list (cited authors)

  • Ezell, M.

complete list of authors

  • Ezell, Margaret JM

publication date

  • March 2014