Writing has been around for a millenia or two now. When did the practice start of commenting on other’s writings, plays etc. as being accurate or artistically merit worthy begin? Did it start a soon as more than one person knew how to write?
How was criticism approached in the olden days? Was it all private via letters between learned people? In the 1500s and 1600s how would an artist or author get a reputation as being good, bad or indifferent? Was it all strictly word of mouth or were public critiques of plays published? Did public written criticism only start with newspapers. Did colonial broadsheets review plays as being bad or good?