1876 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Marston

Robert Carruthers, in Chambers's Cyclopaedia of English Literature, 3rd ed. (1876; 1879) 1:207.



Nearly contemporary with Hall's satires were those of JOHN MARSTON, the dramatist, known for his subsequent rivalry and quarrel with Ben Jonson. Marston, in 1598, published a small volume, "Certayne Satires," and in 1599 "The Scourge of Villany," &c. He survived till 1634. Little is known of this "English Aretine," but all his works are coarse and licentious. Ben Jonson boasted to Drummond that he had beaten Marston and taken his pistol from him. If he had sometimes taken his pen, he would have better served society.