The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
Volume VI. The Drama to 1642, Part Two.

II. Chapman, Marston, Dekker


A. Original Editions
(i) Plays

The Blinde begger of Alexandria, most pleasantly discoursing his variable humours in disguised shapes full of conceite and pleasure. As it hath beene sundry times publickly acted in London, by the right honorable the Earle of Nottingham, Lord high Admirall his servantes. 1598.

A pleasant Comedy entituled: An Humerous dayes Myrth. As it hath been sundrie times publikely acted by the right honourable the Earle of Nottingham Lord high Admirall his servants. By G. C. 1599.

Al Fooles. A Comedy, Presented at the Black Fryers, And lately before his Majestie. 1605.

Monsieur D’Olive. A Comedie, as it was sundrie times acted by her Majesties children at the Blacke-Friers. 1606.

The Gentleman Usher. 1606.

Bussy D’Ambois: A Tragedie: As it hath been often presented at Paules. 1607, 1646, 1657.

The Conspiracie, And Tragedie of Charles Duke of Byron, Marshall of France. Acted lately in two playes, at the Black-Friers. 1608.

May-Day. A witty Comedie, divers times acted at the Blacke Fryers. 1611.

The Widdowes Teares. A Comedie. As it was often presented in the blacke and white Friers. Written by Geor. Chap. 1612.

The Revenge of Bussy D’Ambois. A Tragedie. As it hath beene often presented at the private Play-house in the White-Fryers. 1613.

The Warres of Pompey and Caesar. Out of whose events is evicted this Proposition. Only a just man is a freeman. By G. C. Ptd. by Thomas Harper. 1631. Another issue of 1613 has the title Caesar and Pompey: A Roman Tragedy, declaring their Warres. Another issue 1653.

The Tragedy of Alphonsus Emperous of Germany As it hath been very often Acted (with great applause) at the Privat house in Black-Friers by his late Majesties Servants. 1654.

Revenge for Honour: A Tragedie, by George Chapman. 1654.

For the title of Eastward Hoe, see under Sec. II A (i), post; and, for that of The Ball, see bibliography to Chap. VIII under Sec. B I.

(With Shirley.) The Tragedie of Chabot Admirall of France: As it was presented by her Majesties Servants at the private House in Drury Lane. Written by George Chapman and James Shirly. 1639.

(ii) Masque

The Memorable Maske of the two Honorable Houses or Inns of Court; the Middle Temple, and Lyncolns Inne. As it was performed before the King, at White-Hall on Shrove Munday at night; being the 15. of February, 1613. At the Princely celebration of the most Royall Nuptialls of the Palsgrave, and his thrice gratious Princesse Elizabeth. etc. With a description of their whole show; in the manner of their march on horsebacke to the Court from the Maister of the Rolls his house: with all their right Noble consorts, and most showfull attendants. Invented, and fashioned, with the ground, and speciall structure of the whole worke, By our Kingdomes most Artfull and Ingenious Architect, Innigo Jones. Supplied, Aplied, Digested and written, By Geo. Chapman. Another edition, also s.a.

B. Modern Editions

The Works of George Chapman. Plays, ed. Shepherd, R. H. Poems and Minor translations, with an introduction, by Swinburne, A. C. Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. Ed. Shepherd, R. H. 3 vols. 1874. New ed. 1889.

George Chapman. Ed. Phelps, W. L. (Mermaid Series.) 1895. [Contains: All Fools, Bussy D’Ambois, The Revenge of Bussy D’Ambois, The Conspiracy, and the Tragedy of Charles Duke of Byron.]

All Fools and The Gentleman Usher. Ed. Parrott, T. M. (Belles Lettres Series.) Boston 1907.

Alphonsus, Emperor of Germany. Ed. Elze, K. Leipzig, 1867.

Bussy d’Ambois and the Revenge of Bussy d’Ambois. Ed. Boas, F. S. (Belles Lettres Series). Boston, 1906.

Reviewed by Brereton, J. Le Gay, in Hermes, 16 October, 1905.

Chabot Admirall of France, the Tragedie of. Rptd. from the Quarto of 1639. Ed., with an introduction on the Tragedies of Chapman derived from French historical material, by Lehmann, E. University of Pennsylvania Publ. Philadelphia, 1906.

Eastward Hoe, by Jonson, Chapman and Marston. Ed. Schelling, F. E. Boston, 1903.

The Iliads of Homer. The Odysseys of Homer’s Batrachomyomachia. Ed. Hooper, R. 1858. Iliad. Ed. Rouse, W. H. D. 1898. Odyssey. Ed. Rouse, W. H. D. 1897.

C. Critical Estimates

Acheson, A. Shakespeare and the rival poet, with sundry poetical pieces by George Chapman bearing on the subject. 1903.

Boas, F. S. The Sources of Chapman’s The Conspiracy of Byron and The Revenge of Bussy d’Ambois. The Athenaeum, 10 January, 1903.

Bodenstedt, T. Chapman in seinem Verhältniss zu Shakespeare. Shakesp. Jahrb., vol. I. 1865.

Coleridge, S. T. Literary Remains. Vol. I, pp. 259–263. 1836.

Elste, E. Der Blank-Vers in den Dramen George Chapmans. Halle, 1892.

Koeppel, E. Quellenstudien zu den Dramen George Chapman’s, Philip Massinger’s und John Ford’s. Quellen und Forschungen, vol. LXXXII. Strassburg, 1897.

Lamb’s Specimens.

Langbaine. Vol. I, p. 57.

Parrott, T. M. Notes on the text of Chapman’s Plays. Anglia, vol. XXX, parts 3 and 4. 1907.

Stoll, E. E. On the Dates of some of Chapman’s plays. Mod. Lang. Notes, vol. XX. 1905.

Wood, A. à. Athenae Oxonienses. Vol. II, pp. 575–681. Ed. Bliss, P. 1815.

A. Original Editions
(i) Plays

The History of Antonio and Mellida. The first part. As it hath beene sundry times acted, by the children of Paules. Written by J. M. 1602.

Antonios Revenge. The second part. As it hath beene sundry times acted, by the children of Paules. Written by J. M. 1602.

The Dutch Courtezan. As it was playd in the Blacke-Friars, by the Children of her Majesties Revels. Written by John Marston. 1605.

Parasitaster, Or The Fawne, As It Hath Bene Divers times presented at the blacke Friars, by the Children of the Queenes Majesties Revels. Written by John Marston. 1606. [Another ed. of the same year adds: And now corrected of many faults, which by reason of the Author’s absence were let slip in the first edition.]

The Wonder of Women Or The Tragedie of Sophonisba, as it hath beene sundry times Acted at the Blacke Friers. Written by John Marston. London. 1606.

What You Will. By John Marston. Imprinted at London by G. Eld, for Thomas Thorppe. 1607.

The Insatiate Countesse. A Tragedie: Acted at White-Fryers. Written By John Marston. London: Printed by T. S. for Thomas Archer. 1613.

(With Webster.) The Malcontent. By John Marston. 1604. ——Augmented by Marston. With the Additions played by the Kings Majesties servants. Written by Jhon Webster. 1604.

(With Jonson and Chapman.) Eastward Hoe. As it was played in the Blackfriers. By The Childen of her Majesties Revels. Made by Geo: Chapman. Ben Jonson, Joh: Marston, 1605.

(ii) Masques, etc.

The ho[char] Lorde & Lady of Huntingdons Entertainment of theire right Noble Mother Alice: Countesse Dowager of Darby the first night of her honors arrivall att the house of Ashby. [n.d.]

City Pageant, on the occasion of the visit paid by the King of Denmark to James I in 1606.

The Mountebank’s Masque. Performed at Court on the 16th February, 1617/8.

(iii) Other Works

The Metamorphosis of Pigmalions Image. And Certaine Satyres. 1598.

The Scourge of Villanie. Three bookes of Satyres. 1598. Another ed., with additions. 1599.

Verses by Marston are contained in the Appendix to Sir Robert Chester’s Love’s Martyr, 1601, under the title A Narration and Description of a most exact wondrous Creature, raising out of the Phoenix and Turtle Dove’s ashes.

B. Modern Editions

The Works of John Marston. With introduction and notes. Ed. Bullen, A. H. 3 vols. (English Dramatists.) 1887.

—— Ed. Halliwell [-Phillipps], J. O. With notes, and some Account of his Life and Writings. 3 vols. 1856.

The Poems of John Marston. (1598–1601.) Ed. Grosart, A. B. Blackburn, 1879.

C. Critical Estimates

Deighton, K. Marston’s Works. Conjectural Readings. 1893.

Fleay’s English Drama. Vol. I, pp. 50–66.

Hazlitt, W. Lectures on the Dramatic Literature of the Age of Elizabeth. 1818. Ed. Waller, A. R. and Glover, A. 1902.

Koeppel, E. Quellenstudien zu den Dramen Ben Jonson’s, John Marston’s, etc. M¨nchener Beiträge, vol. XI. Erlangen and Leipzig, 1895.


Painter, W. Palace of Pleasure. Ed. Jacobs, J. Vol. I, pp. 80–83, 87–89. 1890.

Penniman, J. H. The War of the Theatres. Boston, 1897.

Small, R. A. The Stage-Quarrel between Ben Jonson and the so-called Poetasters. Foschungen zur Englischen Sprache und Literatur. Vol. I. Breslau, 1899. See also, on this subject, the articles by Hart, H. C., in Notes and Queries, Ser. IX, vols. XI and XII, and Ser. X, vol. I, 1903–4.

Winckler, C. John Marston’s litterarische Anfänge. Diss. Breslau, 1903.

—— Marston’s Erstlingswerke u. ihre Beziehungen zu Shakespeare. Engl. Stud., vol. XXXIII. 1904.

Wood, A. à Athenae Oxonienses. Ed. Bliss, P. Vol. I, pp. 762–5. 1820.

Wurzbach, W. von. John Marston. Shakesp. Jahrb., vol. XXXIII. 1897.

A. Original Editions

(i) Plays

The Shomakers Holiday. Or The Gentle Craft. With the humorous life of Simon Eyre, shomaker, and Lord Mayor of London. As it was acted before the Queenes most excellent Majestie on New yeares day at night last, by the right honourable the Earle of Notingham, Lord high Admirall of England, his servants. 1600.

The Pleasant Comedie of Old Fortunatus. As it was plaied before the Queenes Majestie this Christmas, by the Right Honourable the Earle of Nottingham, Lord high Admirall of England his Servants. Aut nunc Aut nunquam. 1600. Dilke’s O. E. P. vol. III.

Satiro-mastix. Or The untrussing of the Humorous Poet. As it hath bin presented publikely, by the Right Honourable, the Lord Chamberlaine his Servants; and privately, by the Children of Paules. Non recito cuiquam nisi Amicis idque coactus. 1602.

The Honest Whore, With The Humours of the Patient Man, and the Longing Wife. Tho: Dekker. 1604. Other eds. 1605, 1615, 1616, 1635.

The Whore Of Babylon. As it was acted by the Princes Servants. Vexat Censura Columbas. Written by Thomas Dekker. 1607.

If It Be Not Good, The Divel is in it. A New Play, As it hath bin lately Acted, with great applause, by the Queenes Majesties Servants: At the Red Bull. Flectere si nequeo Superos, Acheronta movebo. 1612.

The Second Part of the Honest Whore, With the Humors of the Patient man, the Impatient Wife: the Honest Whore, persuaded by strong Arguments to turne Curtizan againe: her brave refuting those Arguments. And lastly the Comicall Passages of an Italian Bridewell, where the Scaene ends. 1630. Rptd. in Ancient B.D. vol. I, in Reed’s Dodsley, vol. III, and in Collier’s Dodsley, vol. III.

A Tragi-Comedy: Called, Match mee in London. As it hath beene often Presented; First, at the Bull in St. Johns-street; And lately, at the Private-House in Drury-Lane, called the Phoenix. Si non, His utere mecum. 1631.

The Wonder of A Kingdome. Quod non Dant proceres, Dabit Histrio. 1636. Rptd. in Dilke’s O. E. P. vol. II.

(With Chettle and Haughton.) The Pleasant Comodie of Patient Grissill. As it hath been sundrie times lately plaid by the right honorable the Earle of Nottingham (Lord high Admirall) his servants. 1603. Rptd. Shakesp. Soc. Publ., vol. VI. 1841.

(With Webster.) West-Ward Hoe. As it hath beene divers times Acted by the Children of Paules. Written by Tho: Dekker, and John Webster. 1607.

(With Webster.) North-Ward Hoe. Sundry times Acted by the Children of Paules. By Thomas Decker, and John Webster. 1607.

(With Webster.) The Famous History of Sir Thomas Wyat. With the Coronation of Queen Mary, and the coming in of King Philip. As it was plaied by the Queens Majesties Servants. Written by Thomas Dickers, and John Webster. 1607. Rptd. in Two Old Plays, ed. Blew, W. J., 1876.

(With William Rowley and Ford.) The Witch of Edmonton. A known ture Story. Composed into A Tragi-Comedy By divers well-esteemed Poets; William Rowley, Thomas Dekker, John Ford, etc. Acted by the Princes Servants, often at the Cock-Pit in Drury-Lane, once at Court, with Singular Applause. Never printed till now. 1658. Rptd. in the Dramatic Works of John Ford, ed. Gifford, W., vol. II, 1827: ed. Dyce, A., vol. III, 1869.

For the original edition of The Roaring Girle Or Moll Cut Purse see bibliography to Chap. III, Sec. I; and for that of the Virgin Martir see bibliography to Chap. VI, Sec. I.

(ii) Pageants and Masques

The Magnificent Entertainment: Given to King James, Queen Anne his wife, and Henry Frederick the Prince, upon the day of his Majesties Triumphant Passage (from the Tower) through the Honourable Citie (and Chamber) of London, being the 15. of March. 1603. As well by the English as by the Strangers: With the speeches and Songes, delivered in the severall Pageants. Mart. Templa Deio, mores populis dedit, otia ferro, Astra suis, Coelo sydera, sarta Jovi. 1604.

Troja-Nova Triumphans. London Triumphing, or, The Solemne, Magnificent, and Memorable Receiving of that worthy Gentleman, Sir John Swinerton Knight, into the Citty of London, after his Returne from taking the Oath of Mayoralty at Westminster, on the Morrow next after Simon and Judes day, being the 29. of October. 1612. All the Showes, Pageants, Chariots of Triumph, with other Devices, (both on the Water and Land) here fully expressed. 1612.

Brittania’s Honor: Brightly Shining in severall Magnificent Shewes or Pageants, to Celebrate the Solemnity of the Right Honorable Richard Deane, At his Inauguration into the Mayoralty of the Honourable Citty of London, on Wednesday, October the 29th. 1628. At the particular Cost, and Charges of the Right Worshipfull, Worthy and Antient Society of Skinners. Mart. lib. 7, Ep. 3. Rursus Io magnos clamat nova-Troja Triumphos. 1628.

Londons Tempe, or, The Feild of Happines. In which Feild are planted severall Trees of magnificence, State and Bewty, to celebrate the Solemnity of the Right Honorable James Campebell, at his Inauguration into the honorable Office of Praetorship or Mayoralty of London, on Thursday the 29. of October, 1629. All the particular Inventions for the Pageants, Showes of Triumph, both by Water and Land, being here fully set downe. At the Sole Cost, and liberall Charges of the Right worshipfull Society of Ironmongers. Quando magis dignos licuit spectare triumphso.

(With Ford.) The Sun’s-Darling: A Moral Masque: As it hath been often presented by their Majesties Servants; at the Cock-pit in Drury Lane, with great Applause. Written by John Ford and Tho. Dekker Gent. Anno Dom. 1656.

B. Modern Editions

The Dramatic Works of Thomas Dekker now first collected with illustrative notes and a memoir of the author in four volumes. 1873. (Pearson’s Reprints.)

Dekker, Thomas. (Mermaid Series.) [Contains: The Shoemaker’s Holiday, The Honest Whore, Old Fortunatus, The Witch of Edmonton.] Ed. Rhys. E. 1895.

Old Fortunatus. Edited with a preface, notes, and glossary by Smeaton, O. (Temple Dramatists.) 1906. For the source of this play see Herford’s Literary Relations, pp. 210–218, and cf. Schelling’s Elizabethan Drama, vol. II, p. 484.

The Shoemakers Holiday. Edd. Warnke, K. and Proescholdt, L. Halle, 1886. Thomas Deloney’s The Gentle Craft, the source of this play, was ptd. in 1597, and is rptd. in Lange, F., Palaestra, vol. XVIII, 1903. (See Vol. III of this work, pp. 419 ff.)

The Non-Dramatic works of Thomas Dekker. Ed. Grosart, A. B. (Huth Library.) Blackburn, 1884. For a list of separate editions of Dekker’s non-dramatic works see bibliography to Vol. IV, Chap. XVI.

C. Critical Estimates

Collier, J. P. Bibliographical and Critical Account of the rarest books in the English language. 2 vols. 1865.

Corser, T. Collectanea Anglo-poetica. 1860, etc.

Greg, W. W. On the authorship of the Songs of Lyly’s Plays. Modern Language Quarterly, vol. I, Cambridge, 1905. [These songs are here ascribed to Dekker.]

Hazlitt, W. C. Bibliographical Collections. 1876–93.


Stoll, E. E. The Influence of Jonson on Dekker. Modern Language Notes, vol. XXI.

Swinburne, A. C. Thomas Dekker. The Nineteenth Century. January, 1887.

Wyndham, G. The Poems of Shakespere. Edited with introduction by G. W. 1898. [Contains a section on the Poetomachia.]