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Faculty of Education and Arts


School of Communications and Arts




This article was originally published as: Edelman, C. (2012). Knights, Pigeons, and Chapman's All Fools. Notes and Queries: for readers and writers, collectors and librarians, 59(4), 553-557. Original article available here


OF all the writers providing comedies for Philip Henslowe at the Rose Theatre in 1596 and 1597, none was more successful than George Chapman. Henslowe’s records of box-office takings show that Chapman’s Blind Beggar of Alexandria was the most successful offering of 1596, and Chapman followed that with the biggest hit of 1597, An Humorous Day’s Mirth. No wonder, then, that between May and October of 1598, along with payments to Chapman for the completion of a play begun by Ben Jonson and an unnamed tragedy, Henslowe made a series of payments for a Chapman comedy called The Will of a Woman, a title later changed to The Fountain of New Fashions.1 Unfortunately, all these works are lost, but we do have Chapman’s next Rose comedy, All Fools, a splendid adaptation of two plays by Terence, The Self-Tormenter and The Brothers...

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