1790 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Chettle

Edmond Malone, in Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare (1790; 1821) 2:250-51n.



The practice of thus denominating authors by names taken from their works, was not uncommon in that age. Thus Henry Chettle, in a miscellaneous piece, consisting of prose and verse, entitled England's Mourning Garment, &c. 4to. 1603, shadows Marlowe the poet under the name of "Musaeus;" because he had translated the poem of Hero and Leander, attributed to Musaeus; and Robert Greene, under the name of "Musidore," doubtless from his having been the author of Mucedorus, a play, which has been absurdly attributed to Shakspeare.