1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Nashe

Isaac Reed, in Biographia Dramatica; or, A Companion to the Playhouse (1782) 1:495.



To the account already given of this writer may be added, that it appears from a very scarce pamphlet entitled, "The Trimming of Tho. Nashe gentleman, by the high tituled patron Don Richardo de Medico Campo, Barber-Chirurgeon to Trinity College in Cambridge," 4to. 1597, that Nashe was then (in 1597) in confinement on account of his having written a play, called, The Isle of Dogs; that while he was at Cambridge, he wrote part of a show, called Terminas et non Terminus, for which the person, who was concerned with him in that composition, was expelled; that Nashe left his college when he was seven years standing, and before he had taken his Master's degree, about the year 1587; and that after his arrival in London, he was often confined in different gaols.

Supposing him to have gone to college when he was sixteen years old, it appears by this account that he was born in the same year that gave Shakspeare to the world (1564).

He died either in the year 1600 or 1601; for he published one of his pamphlets in 1599, and he is spoken of as dead in an old comedy, called The Return from Parnassus, which was written in 1602.