Wooing of Death, The

Henry Chettle (1600)

Historical Records


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. The uniform opinion of scholars is that the play was never completed.

Probable Genre(s)

Tragedy ? (Harbage)

Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues

None known.

References to the Play

None known.

Critical Commentary

Greg has no suggestions as to the content of this play (II. Item #203, p. 213).

For What It's Worth

Works Cited

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