ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Chapman

(1559 ca.-1634)


Born at Hitchin, Hertfordshire, George Chapman is thought to have attended Oxford or Cambridge before serving in the army and working as a playwright in London. He was patronized by the Countess of Walsingham and Lucy, Countess of Bedford; Chapman held the position of sewer-in-ordinary to Prince Henry. Though a successful dramatist, his modern reputation is founded on his rugged translation of Homer, much admired by John Keats and the romantic poets.

TEXT RECORDS:

1606Monsieur D'Olive. A Comedie.
1612An Epicede or Funerall Song.

PUBLICATIONS:

The shadow of night, containing two poetical hyms. 1594.
Ovids banquet of sence, A coronet for his mistresse Philosophe, and his amorous zodiacke, with a translation of a Latin coppie written by a fryer. 1595.
Achilles shield, translated as the other seven bookes of Homer out of his eighteenth booke of Iliades. 1598.
The blinde begger of Alexandria. 1598.
Seven bookes of the Iliades of Momere, prince of poets, translated according to the Greeke in judgement of his best commentaries. 1598.
A pleasant comedy entituled An humerous dayes myrth. 1599.
Peisteros: or the male turtle. 1601.
Al fooles, a comedy. 1605.
Eastward hoe. 1605 (with Jonson and Marston).
The gentleman usher. 1606.
Monsieur D'Olive: a comedie. 1606.
Sir Gyles Goosecappe knight: a comedie. 1606.
Bussy D'Ambois: a tragedie. 1607.
The conspiracie and tragedie of Charles Duke of Byron. 1608.
Euthymiae raptus: or the teares of peace, with interlocutions. 1609.
Homer, prince of poets, translated according to the Greeke in twelve bookes of his Iliads. 1611.
May-day: a witty comedie. 1611.
An epicede or funerall song on the death of Henry Prince of Wales. 1612.
Petrarchs seven penitentiall psalmes, paraphrastically translated with other philosophicall poems and a Hymne to Christ upon the cross. 1612.
The widdowes teares: a comedy. 1612.
The memorable maske of the two honorable houses or Inns of Courte. 1613.
The revenge of Bussy D'Ambois: a tragedie. 1613.
Andromeda liberata: or the nuptials of Perseus and Andromeda. 1614.
Eugenia: or true nobilities trance for the most memorable death of William Lord Russell. 1614.
A free and offenceless justification of Andromeda liberata. 1614.
Twenty-four bookes of Homers Odisses. 1615.
The divine poem of Musaeus: first of all bookes, translated according to the originall. 1616.
The whole works of Homer, prince of poetes. 1616.
The Georgicks of Hesiod, translated elaborately out of the Greek. 1616.
Pro Vere autumni lachrymae, inscribed to the immortal memorie of Sir Horatio Vere.
The crowne of all Homers workes, Batrachomyomachia or the battaile of frogs and mise, his hymn's and epigrams. 1624.
A justification of the strange action of Nero. 1629.
Caesar and Pompey: a Roman tragedy. 1631.
The tragedie of Chabot Admirall of France. 1639.
Select early English poets, ed. S. W. Singer. 1817.
Plays and poems, ed. Thomas Marc Parrott. 2 vols, 1910.
Poems, ed. Phyllis Brooks Bartlett. 1941.
Plays: the comedies, ed. Allan Holaday. 1970.