Public Literary Dialogues
In 1615 a most popular treatise (13 reprints, and 4 reprints translated into dutch) of a misogynistic treatise about the "worth of women „The Arraignment of leuud, idle, froward, and vnconstant women“ (s.Faksimile) was published by a pseudonymous author Thomas Tel-troth [tell the truth], calling himself a "nameless friend", who in a second edition in the same year changed his pseudonym to Joseph Swetnam [Sweet name]. He was addressing his remarks to young men as if warning them about the dangers of womankind. He authenticates his claims by personal experiences as well as quoting those of well-known biblical and classical figures like David, Solomon, Samson, Hercules, Agamemnon, and Ulysses, all having been dependent on the influence of women.
In the subsequent year 1617 three putative independent highly skilled and cultured female writers responded to Tel-troth's/Swetnam's work, in defense of their gender and in criticism of Swetnams critic.
The first „apologeticall answer“ was by "precocious" Rachel Speght "A Mouzell for Melastomus" (She responded briefly again in her second publication, "Mortalities Memorandum"(1621).
The second „answer“ was from Esther Sowernam ["Sour"nam, as opposed to "Sweet"nam). "Ester Hath Hang'd Haman", most notable for its reasoned and well-ordered arguments.
The third „redargution“[refutation] was "Worming of a Mad Dogge", by Constantia Munda, notable for its impassioned invective and impressive learning.[RF]
In 1620 a dramatic response by an anonymous play, Swetnam the Woman-Hater Arraigned by Women (1620) followed.
It reminds one of a printed "pseudo"- controversy or dialectic dialogue in 1621 between two authors ( George Wither /John Taylor) on supposedly opposite essentials of their own life philosophies or life "Motto's".
A concealed author (alias the "true" Shake-speare: Marlowe) is hiding cunningly and dialectically behind 2 pseudonyms (Wither/Taylor).