When it first appeared, The English Rogue was declared a forbidden
book on account of its gross indecency. Copies were printed
secretly and sold furtively at alehouses until 1665 when it was
properly licensed. When requested, the author, Richard Head,
declined to produce a second volume as it was his belief that the
text had been interpreted as autobiographical and his reputation
had suffered as a consequence. Francis Kirkman, who had acquired
the rights to the work, set about the endeavour himself and wrote
the remaining volumes, publishing them in 1671. This is a reprint
of the 1928 reissue containing Head's original book and two of
Kirkman's added volumes.
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