Poor Man’s Paradise, The

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William Haughton (1599)

Historical Records

Henslowe's Diary

F. 63v (Greg I.110)

Lent vnto Thomas downton the 20 aguste
1599 to lend vnto hawghton in earnest of a
Boocke called the poore manes paradice the some of ... xiijs

F. 64 (Greg I.111)

Lent vnto Thomas downton the 25 aguste
1599 to paye [harey chettell] Thomas hawton for his Boocke
called the poore manes paradice the some of ... xvijs

Theatrical Provenance

The Admiral's Men began payments to William Haughton on The Poor Man's Paradise in August 1599 early in their fall season at the Rose; across the way on Maid Lane, the Chamberlain's Men were underway with their fall season at the newly opened Globe.

Probable Genre(s)

Comedy (?) (Harbage)

Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues

None known.

References to the Play

None known.

Critical Commentary

Greg says that "[n]othing is known of this play" (II.205, Item #181).

For What It's Worth

Knutson lists the play as probably completed, on the basis of Henslowe's wording "for his Boocke" in the payment on 25 August 1599 (37n).

Works Cited

Knutson, Roslyn L. “Toe to Toe Across Maid Lane: : Repertorial Competition at the Rose and Globe, 1599-1600,” in June Schlueter and Paul Nelsen (eds) Acts of Criticism: Performance Matters in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries (Madison & Teaneck: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2005), 21-37.

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