|Title||A Short Discourse of the English Stage|
|Publisher||Printed by R. Wood for the Author|
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The text of A Short Discourse of the English Stage is in fact a re-elaboration of the Preface to the Reader prefixed to the pastoral Love's Dominion published in 1654 and presented as "a Pattern for the Reformed Stage". The ideas of the Preface were favorably accepted by Flecknoe's patrons, William and Margaret Cavendish, and the author decided to re-elaborate them in Short Discourse of the English Stage published in 1664, along with the pastoral of 1654, with the title: Love's Kingdom: A Pastoral Trage-Comedy. Not as it was Acted at the Theatre near Lincolns-Inn, but as it was Written, and since Corrected by Richard Flecknoe. With a Short Treatise of the English Stage, &c. by the Same Author (London, printed by R. Wood for the author, 1664). Both the pastoral and the treatise were dedicated to William Cavendish.
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