Thomas Dekker

(1572 ca.-1632)

Little is known of Thomas Dekker, who was born in London and lived as a grub-street figure who collaborated with, among others, Michael Drayton, Henry Chettle, Ben Jonson, John Webster, and Thomas Heywood. A popular and prolific writer, Dekker was chosen to write Lord Mayor's pageants. He wrote religious verse as well as the plays so admired in the nineteenth century.


1607A Knights Conjuring.
1607The Whore of Babylon.


The pleasant comedie of old Fortunatus. 1600.
The shomakers holiday. 1600.
Satiro-mastix: or the untrussing of the humorous poet. 1602.
Patient Grissil. 1603.
The wonderfull yeare: wherin is shewed the picture of London lying sicke of the plague. 1603.
Newes from Graves-end, sent to Nobody. 1604.
The meeting of gallants at an ordinarie: or the walkes in Powles. 1604.
The honest whore, with the humours of the patient man and the longing wife. 1604.
The magnificent entertainment given to King James, Queene Anne his wife, and Henry Frederick the Prince. 1604.
The double pp: a Papist in armes, beraing ten severall sheilds, encountred by the Protestant at ten severall weapons, a Jesuite marching before them. 1606.
News from Hell, brought by the Divells carrier. 1606.
The seven deadly sinnes of London. 1606.
Jests to make you merie. 1607.
North-ward hoe. 1607.
The famous history of Sir Thomas Wyat, with the coronation of Queen Mary. 1607.
West-ward hoe. 1607.
The whore of Babylon. 1607.
The dead tearme, or Westminsters complaint for long vacations and short termes, written in manner of a dialogue. 1608.
The belman of London, bringing to light the most notorious villanies that are now practised in the kingdome. 1608.
Lanthorne and candle-lightL or the bellmans second nights walke. 1608.
Foure birds of Noahs arke: viz 1, the dove; 2, the eagle; 3, the pellican; 4, the phoenix. 1609.
The guls horne-book. 1609.
The fravens almanacke foretelling of a plague, famine, and civill warre. 1609.
Worke for armorours, or the peace is broken: open warres likely to happin this yeare. 1609.
The roaring girl. 1611.
If this be not a good play the Divel is in it. 1612.
Troia-nova triumphans. 1612.
A strange horse-race. 1613.
The artillery garden: a poem dedicated to the honour of all those gentlemen who there practize military discipline. 1616.
Dekker his dreame. 1620.
The virgin martyr. 1622.
A rod for run-awayes. 1625.
Brittania's honor, brightly shining in several magnificent shewes or pageants. 1628.
Warres, warres, warres. 1628.
Londons tempe: or the feild of happines. 1629.
London looke backe at that yeare of yeares 1625. 1630.
The blacke rod and the white rod, justice and mercy striking and sparing London. 1630.
The second part of the honest whore. 1630.
A tragi-comedy called Match mee in London. 1631.
Penny-wise pound-foolish. 1631.
The noble Spanish souldier. 1634.
The wonder of a kingdome. 1636.
The sun's darling, a moral masque. 1656.
Lust's dominion: or the lascivious Queen. 1657.
The witch of Edmonton. 1658.
Non-dramatic works, ed. A. B. Grosart. 5 vols, 1884-86.
The Welsh embassador, ed. H. Littledale and W. W. Greg. 1920.
Dramatic works, ed. F. T. Bowers. 4 vols, 1953-61, 1964-66.