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


  • In her essay “Dying to be Read”, Margaret Ezell’s 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, MJM

publication date

  • January 1, 2014 11:11 AM