Wooing of Death, The
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./
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.
Tragedy ? (Harbage)
Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues
References to the Play
Greg has no suggestions as to the content of this play (II. Item #203, p. 213).
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