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The Oxford Companion to English Literature
Dinah BirchDinah Birch

Traditionally, financial help, payment in kind, or more indirect assistance or influence, exercised by royalty, the aristocracy, and the wealthy, on behalf of writers, in return for dedications, entertainment, and prestige (as well as sometimes for more altruistic motives). Patronage was of particular importance before writers were able to support themselves through the literary market‐place. Thus ... ...

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