Difference between revisions of "The Miller"

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== References to the Play ==
 
== References to the Play ==
  
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== Critical Commentary ==
 
== Critical Commentary ==

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Historical Records

Payments

To playwrights (perhaps a player) in Philip Henslowe's diary

Fol. 44v (Greg I.84)
Layd owt vnto Robarte lee the 22 of febreary 1598 }
for a boocke called the myller some of . . . . . . . . . . . }     xxs



Theatrical Provenance

Presumably Henslowe was buying "The Miller" for the Admiral's men to offer at the Rose. However, there is no documentary evidence of its performance there.

Given its price, "The Miller" was an old piece. Any previous performance history is guesswork based on Robert Lee and his career. Lee (also "Leigh") first appears in theatrical records in the plot of "Dead Man's Fortune." However, due to the absence of a date and company affiliation for that plot (1590-92?), theater historians do not know what sort of marker it is for Lee's early career. Eccles calculates his birth date as 1569, based on Lee's dating himself as 54 in 1623 (p. 296). He has been identified as the man who signed a bond with John Alleyn and Thomas Goodale in 1593 (Nungezer, p. 235). By 1598 he may have belonged to Worcester's men (Nungezer, p. 235). He is not associated with the authorship and/or sale of any other play.

Probable Genre(s)

Comedy Harbage

Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues

The title is the only clue to its subject matter, and that title suggests the cultural associations with millers (none good). Wiggins, Catalogue #1104 offers two possibilities: dishonesty and promiscuity.

References to the Play

None known.

Critical Commentary

For What It's Worth

Works Cited

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