The son of a London grocer, John Bodenham studied at Merchant Taylors' School and Hart Hall, Oxford "in and before 1568"; he was a friend of the anthologist Robert Allott, to whom Wits Theatre is now attributed. Bodenham's contribution to the other anthologies may have consisted more in patronage then in editorial labors. Samuel Austin Allibone describes him as "an industrious compiler of other men's labours, temp. Elizabeth."
Wits commonwealth, ed. 1597.
Wits theater. 1598.
Belvedere, or the garden of the muses. 1600.
Englands Helicon. 1600.