1876 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nicholas Breton

Robert Carruthers, in Chambers's Cyclopaedia of English Literature, 3rd ed. (1876; 1879) 1:209.



NICHOLAS BRETON (1558-1624) was a prolific and often happy writer, pastoral, satirical, and humorous. His "Works of a young Wit" appeared in 1577; and a succession of small volumes proceded from his pen; eight pieces with his name are in "England's Helicon" — a valuable poetical miscellany published in 1600, including contributions from Sidney, Spenser, Raleigh, Lodge, Marlowe, Watson, Greene, &c. Of Breton little personally is known, but he is supposed to have been the son of a Captain Nicholas Breton of Tamworth, in Staffordshire, who had an estate at Norton, in Northamptonshire.