Thomas Nashe

Thomas Nashe

Birth
Death 1601 (aged 33–34)
Burial Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: Location unknown to historians
Memorial ID 9127482 · View Source
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Author. A graduate of Cambridge and one of the "University Wits", he was a brilliant satirist and one of the most original writers of the Elizabethan period. He is best known today for his book "The Unfortunate Traveller" (1594); its narrative structure and wealth of realistic detail make it an important forerunner of the modern novel. His only surviving play, "Summer's Last Will and Testament" (1592), contains the famous lyric, "Adieu, farewell, Earth's bliss". In his own day Nashe was notorious for his pugnacious personality and for his long-running feud with the academic writer Gabriel Harvey, which took the form of vicious satirical pamphlets published by both men. In 1597 Nashe co-wrote a play with Ben Jonson, "The Isle of Dogs", which the government judged seditious; Jonson was imprisoned and Nashe fled London, never to return. He resurfaced in East Anglia and wrote a final pamphlet, "Nashe's Lenten Stuff" (1598), but the following year all of his writings were banned and the man disappeared from history. A 1601 publication refers to Nashe as dead, though when, where, and how he died will probably never be known.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
  • Added: 20 Jul 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9127482
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Nashe (Nov 1567–1601), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9127482, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Body lost or destroyed, who reports a Location unknown to historians.