The son of a Suffolk clergyman, Thomas Nashe attended St. John's College Cambridge as a sizar (B.A. 1586); he resided at Cambridge for some seven years before being expelled. He traveled on the continent before settling in London (1588) where he pursued patronage and further controversy. Nashe was a friend of Lyly, Lodge, and Greene; he admired Spenser but engaged in a long and bitter dispute with Spenser's friend Gabriel Harvey. Nashe was imprisoned for criticizing theatrical abuses in The Isle of Dogs (1597).
The anatomie of absurditie. 1589.
"To the gentlemen students of both universities, in Menaphon [Greene]. 1589.
An almond for a parrot. 1590.
Pierce Peniless his supplication to the Divell. 1592.
Strange newes, of the intercepting certaine letters. 1592.
Christs teares over Jerusalem. 1593.
The terrors of the night: or a discourse on apparitions. 1594.
The unfortunate traveller: or the life of Jacke Wilton. 1594.
Have with you to Saffron-Walden; or Gabriel Harveys hunt is up. 1596.
Nashe's lenten stuffe: the praise of red herring. 1599.
A pleasant comedie called Summers last will and testament. 1600.
Works, ed. A. B. Grosart. 6 vols, 1881-85.
The choise of valentines, ed. J. S. Farmer. 1899.
Works, ed. R. B. McKerrow. 5 vols, 1904-10.
Works, ed. F. P. Wilson, 5 vols, 1958.