Excerpt from The Unfortunate Traveller: Or the Life of Jacke Wilton
Thomas Nashe, son of Suffolk minister, was born at Lowestoft in 1567, and matriculated at St. John's College, Cambridge, on October 13, 1582, being first a sizar and later a scholar of that house. He claimed that it was well known he might have been a fellow of St. John's at will, but however this may be, the larger life beckoned him, and he left Cambridge for London. There he made some figure in literary circles, wrote prefaces to Greene's Menaphon and Sidney's Astrophel and Stella, completed Marlowe's Dido and produced a couple of plays of his own, took a hand on the bishops' side in the Martin Marprelate controversy, engaged in a notable pamphlet war with Gabriel Harvey, and wrote a few satirical prose pieces, some lyrics, a realistic novel, and his Lenten Stuffe in praise of Yarmouth and the Red Herring. This last was printed in 1599, and in 1601 there appeared in Charles Fitzgeffrey's Affanice a Latin epigram on Nashe's death. Where he died, or when, or how, we do not know.
His own age thought of Nashe chiefly as a satirist; his quarrel with Harvey made him famous, and the general character of his work was not pacific.
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