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===Henslowe's Diary===
 
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Revision as of 12:02, 5 February 2012

Thomas Dekker (1599)


Historical Records

Henslowe's Diary

F. 63 (Greg I.110)

Lent vnto Robart shawe the 1 of aguste
1599 to paye mr deckers for a boocke
                         beare a braine
called [bettr latte then never] the some
of xxxxs in fulle payment lent vnto mr
deckers at that time xxs so all is ... iijli


Theatrical Provenance

Bear a Brain, or Better Late than Never was acquired by the Admiral's Men in the summer of 1599, as the Globe was being built across Maid Lane.


Probable Genre(s)

Comedy (Harbage)


Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues

None known.


References to the Play

None known.


Critical Commentary

Greg repeats F. G. Fleay's identification of Bear a Brain with Look About You (along with offering synonyms for the title including "have care," and "look about you"). Greg then offers objections to the connection based mainly on his rejection of Dekker as author of Look About You. Greg prefers to identify the payment for Bear a Brain with The Shoemakers Holiday, but he cannot find a good reason to do so (II.Item #179, pp. 204-5).


Knutson suggests that the payment of 60s, 20s. of which was designated by Henslowe as a loan, may indicate that the play was secondhand (119). She considers the play purchased due to the language of the entry: "... in fulle payment ...."


For What It's Worth




Works Cited

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.


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