ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Thomas Lodge

(1558-1625)


The son of a lord mayor of London, Thomas Lodge studied at Merchant Taylors' School (1571-73), Trinity College Oxford (B.A. 1577, M.A. 1581, M.D. 1602), and Lincoln's Inn (1578). Lodge settled in London about 1580, where he published voluminously in prose and verse. He engaged in two privateering expeditions, to the Canary Islands and to South America (1588, 1591-93); about 1600 he studied medicine in France, converted to Catholicism, and gave up writing. Lodge was acquainted with Greene, Barnabe Rich, Daniel, Drayton, Lily, and Watson. He died a Catholic exile in France. Malone's identification of Lodge as Spenser's "Alcon" has not been accepted.


TEXT RECORDS:

1589The most pithie and pleasant Historie of Glaucus and Silla.
1590A pleasant Eglog betweene Montanus and Coridon.
1593Egloga Prima.
1593Phillis: The Induction.
1595To Happy Menalcas. Eglogue II.
1595To Master Samuel Daniel. Eglogue IV.
1595To Reverend Colin. Eclogue I.
1595To Rowland. Eglogue III.
1596Wits Miserie, and the Worlds Madnesse.

PUBLICATIONS:

A defence of poetry, music, and stage plays. 1579?
An alarum against usurers. 1584.
Scillaes metamorphosis. 1589.
Rosalynde: Euphues golden legacy. 1590.
Catharos: Diogenes in his singularitie. 1591.
The famous, true and historicall life of Robert second Duke of Normandy. 1591.
Euphues shadow. 1592.
The life and death of Wiliam Long beard. 1593.
Phillis: honoured with pastoral sonnets, elegies and amorous delights. 1593.
The wounds of civill war, lively set forth in the true tragedies of Marius and Scilla. 1594.
A looking glasse for London and England. 1594.
A fig for Momus: containing satyres, eclogues and epistles. 1595.
The Divel conjured. 1596.
A margarite of America. 1596.
Wits miserie and the worlds madnesse. 1596.
Prosopoeia: containing the tears of the mother of God. 1596.
The flowers of Lodowicke of Granado. 1601.
The famous and memorable works of Josephus. 1602.
A treatise of the plague. 1603.
The workes of Lucius Annaeus Seneca. 1614.
A learned summary upon the famous poem of William of Saluste Lord of Bartas. 1621.
Complete works, ed. Sir Edmund Gosse. 4 vols, 1883.