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== For What It's Worth ==
== For What It's Worth ==

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Revision as of 19:05, 31 October 2009

Thomas Dekker (1599)

Historical Records

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 in full of 60s, 20s. of which was designated by Henslowe as a loan, may indicate that the play was secondhand (119).

For What It's Worth


Thomas Dekker, Look About You, Secondhand plays

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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