To playwrights in Philip Henslowe's diary
Fol. 66v (Greg I.116)
Lent vnto harey chettell & wm harton } the 13 of desemb[er] in earneste of his Boocke } xs called ar[d]keadian virgen the some of ... }
Lent vnto harey chettell & wm harton } the 17 desemb[er] 1599 in earneste of ther } vs boocke called arkedian virgen the some ... }
The Admiral's men paid Henry Chettle and William Haughton a total of 15s. in earnest on "The Arcadian Virgin" in December of 1599, when the company was still at the Rose but anticipating a move to the Fortune within the year.
Pastoral (?) (Harbage)
Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues
References to the Play
Greg II offers the story of Atalanta as a possible subject; he questions whether the play was finished (#192, p.209).
Knutson (p. 162) and Gurr (p. 105) concur that nothing about the 15s. payment to Chettle and Haughton suggests that the play was completed and staged.
Wiggins, Catalogue (#1228) is skeptical that Atalanta was the Arcadian Virgin because "a known character" would probably be named in the title. He projects a performance at the Rose, implicitly rejecting Greg's thought that the play might not have been finished.
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