Nashe, Thomas

Nashe, Thomas

biographical name

(born 1567, Lowestoft, Suffolk, Eng.—died c. 1601, Yarmouth, Norfolk?) English pamphleteer, poet, dramatist, and novelist. The first of the English prose eccentrics, Nashe wrote in a vigorous combination of colloquial diction and idiosyncratic coined compounds that was ideal for controversy. Among his works are the satire Pierce Penilesse His Supplication to the Divell (1592); the masque Summers Last Will and Testament (1592, published 1600); The Unfortunate Traveller (1594), the first picaresque novel in English; and Nashes Lenten Stuffe (1599). The play Dido, Queen of Carthage (1594) was a collaboration with Christopher Marlowe.

This entry comes from Encyclopædia Britannica Concise.
For the full entry on Nashe, Thomas, visit

Seen & Heard

What made you look up Nashe, Thomas? Please tell us what you were reading, watching or discussing that led you here.

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More