Coryate, Thomas

Coryate or Coryat, Thomas

(both: kôr`ēət), 1577?–1617, English traveler. Grotesque in appearance, he became part of the household of Henry, the oldest son of James I, where he was a sort of unofficial court jester. In 1608 he went on a journey that covered much of Europe and resulted in the publication of his Crudities (1611), a strange mixture of travel observations and poetry. In 1612 he set out again, voyaged in Asia Minor and Egypt, then back to Palestine and E to Persia and India, where he died in 1617. His letters from India were published in 1616 and 1618; some are reprinted in Early Travels in India (ed. by Sir William Foster, 1921).


See biography by M. Strachan (1962).

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(6) Initiating ground that would be reprised, expanded, and systematized by Kathleen Lea twenty years later, (7) Smith records reports of the commedia dell'arte in the commen taries and travel journals of Thomas Coryate, Thomas Nashe, George Whetstone, Thomas Heywood, and others, and surveys notices of arte maschere in plays by Shakespeare and contemporaries such as Thomas Middleton, John Marston, and John Day.
Coryate, Thomas. Coryats Crudities (1611); reprint: London: Scolar, 1978.