Arcadian Virgin

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Henry Chettle, William Haughton (1599)

Historical Records

Payments to Playwrights (Henslowe's Diary)

F. 66v (Greg I.116)

Lent vnto harey chettell & wm harton
the 13 of desemb[er] in earneste of his Boocke
called ar[d]keadian virgen the some of ... xs

Lent vnto harey chettell & wm harton
the 17 desemb[er] 1599 in earneste of ther
boocke called arkedian virgen the some ... vs

Theatrical Provenance

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 they were still at the Rose but anticipating a move to the Fortune within the year.

Probable Genre(s)

Pastoral (?) (Harbage)

Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues

None known.

References to the Play

None known.

Critical Commentary

Greg offers the story of Atalanta as a possible subject; he questions whether the play was finished (II.209 Item #192).

Knutson (162) and Gurr (105) concur that nothing about the 15s. payment to Chettle and Haughton suggests that the play was completed and staged.

For What It's Worth

Works Cited

Gurr, Andrew. Shakespeare's Opposites: The Admiral's Company 1594-1625. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Knutson, Roslyn L., "The Commercial Significance of the Payments for Playtexts in Henslowe's Diary, 1597-1603," Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 5 (1991): 117-63.

Site created and maintained by Roslyn L. Knutson, Professor Emerita, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; updated 5 November 2009.