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
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)
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