Loon, lust, liefdadigheid: Verdienen aan het schrijven van toneelteksten door de eeuwen heen

Nina Geerdink, J.L. Salman, Remco Sleiderink, Rob van der Zalm

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Throughout the centuries, many literary authors were engaged in writing theatre plays. Although there are many studies about the theatre business in general from Medieval Times to the present, the perspective of the playwright’s profits is seldom taken into consideration. This article presents both a survey of author’s options to gain an income in the world of theatre and an analysis of the discourse about this advancement. More specifically, on the basis of a comparison of cases from the seventeenth century on the one hand and the nineteenth and twentieth centuries on the other, this article argues that, despite the fact that for playwrights, as much as for other literary authors, it was a taboo to be open about economic profits, developments in the organization of institutional theatre created temporary openings for (public debate about) financial rewards.
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)36-97
Number of pages35
JournalNederlandse Letterkunde
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


  • theatre
  • authorship
  • profits
  • diachronic perspective

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