Evidently, plagiarism of this nature - as long as the original work was improved upon in some way - was considered a form of flattery in Elizabethan and then Jacobean England.
Fast forward to 1843 when Dickens published A Christmas Carol. Within weeks of its publication, it was being performed in no less than seven London theatres and Dickens received no royalties. Again, the dramatists who adapted his work for theatrical performance were simply acknowledging the appeal of the original work itself.
(Source: [www.kent.ac.uk] )
Eddie's remarks concerning ascription of authorship of the body of work to one William Shakespeare being arguably misplaced is for another thread.
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