ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Day

(1574-1640)


The son of a Norfolk farmer, John Day was a student at Caius College Cambridge (circa 1592) before being expelled for stealing a book. He traveled in Scotland and Ireland, and then settled in London where he composed or assisted in composing twenty-five plays, many of which are lost. Ben Jonson reviled Day, who had Puritan connections, as a low writer. The Parnassus Plays have sometimes been attributed to Day.


TEXT RECORDS:

1622 ca.Peregrinatio Scholastica.

PUBLICATIONS:

The Isle of Guls, as it hath been often playd in the blacke Fryars. 1606.
The travailes of the three English brothers. 1607.
Humour out of breath: a comedie. 1608.
Law-trickes or, who would have thought it. 1608.
The Parliament of Bees, with their proper characters. 1641.
The blind-beggar of Bednal Green, with the merry humor of Tom Strowd the Norfolk Yeoman. 1659.
Peregrinatio scholastica [MS, in Bullen, 1881].
Works, ed. A. H. Bullen. 2 vols, 1881.