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== Historical Records  ==
 
== Historical Records  ==
  
===Henslowe's Diary===
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F. 69 (Greg I.121)  
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Fol. 69 [http://www.archive.org/stream/henslowesdiary00unkngoog#page/n180/mode/2up (Greg I.121)]
 
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:Receaued by me Henry Chettle of m<sup>r </sup>Henshlowe
 
:in earnest of a booke Called the wooinge of deathe ... xx<sup>s</sup>
 
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== Theatrical Provenance  ==
 
== Theatrical Provenance  ==
  
The Admiral's Men paid Henry Chettle 20s. for ''The Wooing of Death'' sometime between 27 April and 6 May 1600, which was during their final season at the Rose playhouse before a move to the Fortune in late summer or early fall. The uniform opinion of scholars is that the play was never completed.
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The Admiral's players paid Henry Chettle 20s. for "The Wooing of Death" sometime between 27 April and 6 May 1600, which was during their final season at the Rose playhouse before a move to the Fortune in late summer or early fall. [[WorksCited|Greg II (#203, p. 213)]] suggested that a 5s loan to Chettle on May 6 1600 might have been toward the composition of this play. [[WorksCited|Chambers, ES (3.266) suggested that the play was "apparently not finished." Knutson finds no reason to consider it finished (p. 163). [[WorksCited|Wiggins, ''Catalogue'' (#1252)]] decides that it was "presumably performed" and agrees with Greg that the 5s loan on May 6 might have been for this play.
  
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== Probable Genre(s) ==
 
== Probable Genre(s) ==
  
Tragedy ? (Harbage)
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Tragedy ? ([[WorksCited|Harbage]])
  
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== Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues ==
 
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== Critical Commentary ==
 
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Greg has no suggestions as to the content of this play (II. Item #203, p. 213).
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[[WorksCited|Collier]] noted that Chettle signature was autograph (p. 169, n.3). For [[WorksCited|Greg, II]], this play was one of many for which nothing was known (#203, p. 213). [[category:John Payne Collier]][[category:Autograph signature]]
 
  
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== For What It's Worth ==
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[[WorksCited|Wiggins, ''Catalogue]] asks whether Death was wooed in the play or was the wooer (#1252).
  
  
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'''Gurr''' considers it one of the many plays in Henslowe's records that "never got beyond the early draft stage" (p. 105)
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== Works Cited ==
 
== Works Cited ==
  
 
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<div style="padding-left: 2em; text-indent: -2em;">Gurr, Andrew. ‘’Shakespeare's Opposites: The Admiral's Company 1594-1625’’. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.</div>
 
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<div style="padding-left: 2em; text-indent: -2em;">Knutson, Roslyn L. “The Commercial Significance of the Payments for Playtexts in Henslowe’s Diary 1597-1603.” Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 6 (1991): 117-63.</div>
 
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Site created and maintained by [[Roslyn L. Knutson]], Professor Emerita, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; updated 31 October 2009.
 
Site created and maintained by [[Roslyn L. Knutson]], Professor Emerita, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; updated 31 October 2009.
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Latest revision as of 13:39, 10 December 2020

Henry Chettle (1600)


Historical Records

Payments

To playwrights in Philip Henslowe's diary


Fol. 69 (Greg I.121)

Receaued by me Henry Chettle of mr Henshlowe }
in earnest of a booke Called the wooinge of deathe } xxs
                                     By me henry chettle./



Theatrical Provenance

The Admiral's players paid Henry Chettle 20s. for "The Wooing of Death" sometime between 27 April and 6 May 1600, which was during their final season at the Rose playhouse before a move to the Fortune in late summer or early fall. Greg II (#203, p. 213) suggested that a 5s loan to Chettle on May 6 1600 might have been toward the composition of this play. [[WorksCited|Chambers, ES (3.266) suggested that the play was "apparently not finished." Knutson finds no reason to consider it finished (p. 163). Wiggins, Catalogue (#1252) decides that it was "presumably performed" and agrees with Greg that the 5s loan on May 6 might have been for this play.



Probable Genre(s)

Tragedy ? (Harbage)



Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues

None known.


References to the Play

None known.


Critical Commentary


Collier noted that Chettle signature was autograph (p. 169, n.3). For Greg, II, this play was one of many for which nothing was known (#203, p. 213).


Wiggins, Catalogue asks whether Death was wooed in the play or was the wooer (#1252).


Gurr considers it one of the many plays in Henslowe's records that "never got beyond the early draft stage" (p. 105)



For What It's Worth


Information welcome.

Works Cited

Gurr, Andrew. ‘’Shakespeare's Opposites: The Admiral's Company 1594-1625’’. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Knutson, Roslyn L. “The Commercial Significance of the Payments for Playtexts in Henslowe’s Diary 1597-1603.” Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 6 (1991): 117-63.


Site created and maintained by Roslyn L. Knutson, Professor Emerita, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; updated 31 October 2009.