1869 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Chettle

Thomas Corser, in Collectanea Anglo-Poetica 4 (1869) 350.



Henry Chettle, originally a printer of compositor, is better known as a prolific playwright, having been concerned, along with Decker, Munday, Haughton, and others, in the composition of nearly forty plays, only four of which, however, have descended to our times. He wrote a tragedy by himself, called Hoffman, or Revenge for a Father, 1631, 4to; and was concerned, with others, in the comedy of Patient Grissell, The Blind Beggar of Bethnall-green, and The Death of Robert Earl of Huntingdon. His first work (not dramatic) was entitled Kind Hearts Dream, published without date, but probably printed about 1593, 4to, blk. lett. — a very rare tract, of which only two or three copies are known.