1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Nashe

James Granger, in Biographical History of England (1769; 1824) 1:314-15.



Thomas Nash was born at Leostoff, in Suffolk; he received his education at St. John's College, in the university of Cambridge, where he took the degree of B.A. in 1585. He was the companion and intimate of that libertine, R. Green. His Prince Pennyless, though wrote with spirit, breathes despair and disappointment. He is said to have become very pious before his death, and wrote Christ's Tears over Jerusalem. He wrote three dramatic pieces; viz. Dido, Queen of Carthage; Summer's Last Will and Testament; and The Isle of Dogs; though his principal talent was satire. He was engaged in a violent paper war with Dr. Gabriel Harvey, and is supposed to have died about the year 1600.