Thomas Nashe

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Nashe or Nash, Thomas

(both: năsh), 1567–1601, English satirist. Very little is known of his life. Although his first publications appeared in 1589, it was not until Pierce Penniless His Supplication to the Devil (1592), a bitter satire on contemporary society, that his natural and vigorous style was fully developed. His ardent anti-Puritanism involved him in the Martin Marprelate controversyMarprelate controversy
, a 16th-century English religious argument. Martin Marprelate was the pseudonym under which appeared several Puritan pamphlets (1588–89) satirizing the authoritarianism of the Church of England under Archbishop John Whitgift.
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, resulting in a scurrilous pamphlet battle with Richard and Gabriel Harvey in which Nashe produced some of his liveliest writing. The Unfortunate Traveler (1594), his best-known work, was a forerunner of the picaresque novel of adventure. His plays include a satirical masque, Summer's Last Will and Testament (1592); and a lost comedy written with Ben Jonson, The Isle of Dogs (1597), which caused the imprisonment of several persons, including Jonson himself, for "seditious and slanderous" language.


See his works edited by R. B. McKerrow (5 vol., 1904–10); selected writings ed. by S. Wells (1964); studies by G. R. Hibbard (1962), S. S. Hilliard (1986), and L. Hutson (1989).

Nashe, Thomas


(also Thomas Nash). Born 1567 in Lowestoft, Suffolk; died circa 1601 in Yarmouth, Norfolk. English author.

The son of a priest, Nashe graduated from Cambridge University in 1586. Nashe’s satires, including The Anatomie of Absurditie (1589) and Pierce Penilesse, His Supplication to the Divell (1592), are written in a Rabelaisian style. His satirical talent was probably best manifested in the play The Isle of Dogs (staged 1597), for which he was imprisoned. In his only extant comedy, Summers’ Last Will and Testament (published 1600), satire is muffled by elements of the morality play.

Nashe’s The Unfortunate Traveller, or The Life of Jacke Wilton (1594) is the first picaresque novel in the English language. The author vividly describes the life and mores of various countries and introduces a number of historical personages, including the poet and aristocrat H. Howard (Earl of Surrey), T. More, Erasmus of Rotterdam, and Luther.


The Works, vols. 1–5. London, 1966.


Istoriia angliiskoi literatury, vol. 1, fasc. 1. Moscow-Leningrad, 1943. Pages 359–61.
Hibbard, G. R. Thomas Nashe. London, 1962.


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Thomas Nashe, Strange News, Of the Intercepting certain Letters .
It should therefore come as no surprise that, in his preface to Greene's Menaphon ("To the Gentlemen Students of both Universities"), Thomas Nashe complains about the ambitions of uneducated dramatists, the better to praise the scholarly elaboration of Greene's novels: "Indeed, it may be the engrafted overflow of some kilcow conceit, that overcloieth their imagination with a more than drunken resolution, beeing not extemporall in the invention of anie other meanes to vent their manhood, commits the digestion of their cholerick incumbrances, to the spacious volubilitie of a drumming decasillabon" (Nashe 1589: Ir).
6) The fifteenth-century Great Renaissance, which was the "times" of the life of Thomas Nashe mentioned in his thesis subtitle, was only going to be one of many renaissances.
Rhodes and Sawdy (London: Routledge, 2000), or a brilliant recent article on how Marshall McLuhan's doctoral dissertation on Thomas Nashe fed into his later and more well-known writings: "On Speech, Print, and New Media: Thomas Nashe and Marshall McLuhan," in Oral Tradition 24.
In chapter five, Kendrick's focus is on the writings of Thomas Nashe and Francis Bacon.
And other expected voices extolling the virtues of springtime glaring by their absence include lines by William Shakespeare, Thomas Nashe, William Blake, William Wordsworth, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats, Christina Rossetti (she is mentioned in the Preface [xv] but her works do not appear in the text), Ann Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Edna St.
The Classical Trivium: The Place Of Thomas Nashe In The Learning Of His Time is a previously unpublished work of the late Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), presenting the story of western literary culture from antiquity to the Elizabethan age.
Chapter 5, "Flights from the Tudor Settlement; or, Carnival and Commonwealth Revised," presents the final application of Kendrick's "Carnival and Utopia" theme, this time to some of the pamphlets of Thomas Nashe and to Francis Bacon's The New Atlantis.
dissertation themed on one such early pamphleteer in The Place of Thomas Nashe in the Learning of His Time.
Marlowe's contemporaries regarded him with a mixture of awe and fear; as his friend Thomas Nashe wrote, "No leaf he wrote on but was like a burning glass to set on fire all his readers.
The prolonged and detailed account of Aretino's life and works serves as a preface to explaining the profound influence Moulton claims he exerted, even indirectly on the work of Thomas Nashe and Ben Jonson.
Known to scholars today as `Ur-Hamlet', this lost play is often attributed to Thomas Kyd, a playwright mentioned by Thomas Nashe in the same paragraph, although there is no evidence that he was the author.