ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas May

(1595 ca.-1650)


The eldest son of Thomas May of Mayfield, Sussex, Thomas May attended Cambridge as a fellow-commoner (B.A. 1613) and was admitted to Gray's Inn in 1615. He was Secretary for the Parliament (1646-50). A distinguished translator, May was an unsuccessful candidate to succeed Ben Jonson as Poet Laureate; in the event he cast his lot with Parliament against the crown. See Marvell's "Tom May's Death" for a negative appraisal.


TEXT RECORDS:

1633 ca.Lines Addressed to Sir Kenelm Digby.

PUBLICATIONS:

The heire: an excellent comedie. 1622.
Barclay his Argenis [translations]. 1625.
Lucans Pharsalia [trans. May]. 1626, 1627.
Virgil's Georgicks [trans. May]. 1628.
Selected epigrams of Martial [trans. May]. 1629.
A continuation of Lucan's historicall poem. 1630.
The mirrour of mindes [Barclay, trans. May]. 1631.
The tragedy of Antigone, the Theban princesse. 1631.
The reigne of King Henry the Second, written in seaven bookes. 1633.
The victorious reigne of King Edward the third. 1635.
The tragedie of Cleopatra, Queen of Aegypt. 1639.
The tragedie of Julia Agrippina, Empresse of Rome. 1639.
A discourse concerning the successe of former Parliaments. 1642.
The character of a right malignant [doubtful]. 1644.
The Lord George Digby's Cabinet and Dr Goff's negotiations. 1646.
The history of the Parliament of England. 1647.
The changeable covenant [doubtful]. 1650.
The old couple: a comedy. 1658.