Hot Anger Soon Cold

Henry Porter, Henry Chettle and Ben Jonson (1598)

Historical Records

Payments to Playwrights (Henslowe’s Diary)

F. 49r (Greg I.94; Henslowe-Alleyn Digitisation Project)

lent vnto the company the 18 of aguste 1598 to }
bye a Boocke called hoote anger sone cowld of }
mr porter mr cheattell & bengemen Johnson in } vjli
fulle payment the some of }

Theatrical Provenance

Presumably performed by the Admiral's Men at the Rose in the summer or autumn of 1598.

Probable Genre(s)

Comedy (Harbage).

Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues

(Under contruction.)

References to the Play

None known; information welcome.

Critical Commentary

Carson speculates that the play was "almost certainly completed" (49) and that Jonson may have been "brought in as 'coadjutor' in a relatively subordinate role to help Wilson and Chettle, who had recently collaborated on "Black Bateman Part 2" (62).

Donaldson points out hos "[a]nger was a subject of some interest to Jonson, whose surviging commedies often depict wrathful eruptions of the kind indicated by this title...; and also to Porter"(1:110).

For What It's Worth

(Under contruction.)

Works Cited

Donaldson, Ian. "Hot Anger Soon Cold." The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson. Ed. David Bevington, Martin Butler and Ian Donaldson. 7 vols. Cambridge: CUP, 2012. 110.
Carson, Neil. A Companion to Henslowe's Diary. Cambridge: CUP, 1988.

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