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<p>W.W. Greg's claim that manuscript plays containing character lists were intended for publication (print or manuscript) and not playhouse use fails to account for all of the evidence in surviving manuscripts. Instead, as this essay demonstrates, a more significant variable in the inclusion of character lists in manuscript plays is the writer's professional or amateur status. This article argues that amateur playwrights, influenced by their experiences as readers of printed plays, were moredoi:10.12745/et.18.2.1166 fatcat:4dqf2uexibfupl3thsd4wlflvm