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So rehearsing the banishment of the learned figure from the communicable world of letters, this and similar essays such as "On Erudition and Philosophy" identify the miscellanist with the polite man of letters.
31) See Arthur Melville Clark's Thomas Heywood: Playwright and Miscellanist (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1931), 197-207.
For the mid-century miscellanists, the writing of courtly verse was primarily a gentlemanly activity in which the active participants were almost exclusively male, and in which the attitudes and gestures marketed as socially desirable contributed to the construction of a desirable mid-century masculine self, humanist-educated and socially aspiring.