1879 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Nashe

Thomas Corser, in Collectanea Anglo-Poetica 9 (1879) 62.



He became engaged in a violent paper warfare with Dr. Gabriel Harvey, who was also a member of the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Trinity Hall. It arose out of the attack made by Harvey upon Greene after he was dead, and the chief charge of Nash against Harvey, or at least that which offended him most, was that Harvey was the son of a rope-maker, which was at that time considered a low and vulgar trade, and is spoken of contemptuously by the writers of the time. The warfare against Harvey, which was begun in the time of Greene, and was carried on by satirical squibs and pamphlets, attracted at the time considerable attention and curiosity. But at length it was carried on with so much violence and bitterness, that the parties were interdicted from publishing any more satires, chiefly through the interference of the Archbishops Whitgift and Bancroft, who endeavoured to suppress what had already appeared, by procuring an order in 1599, "That all Nashes bookes, and Dr. Harvey's bookes be taken wheresoever they may be found, and that none of the same bookes be ever printed hereafter," which is one principal cause of the present great rarity of these pamphlets.