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Nash, Thomas

Born: 1567 AD
Died: 1601 AD, at 33 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Satirists, Writers


1567 - Thomas Nash, born on the month of November in Lowestoft, a fishing port in eastern England, he was the third son of a clergyman called William Nashe. He was an English Elizabethan pamphleteer, poet and satirist. He was the son of the minister William Nashe and his wife Margaret.

1581 - At fourteen (not specially young for those days) he went up to Cambridge university, where he spent five years studying dry subjects like philosophy and Latin.

1586 - 1587 - Had helped other students put on a play (now lost) that evidently upset the university authorities.

1588 - Aged almost twenty-one, he quit Cambridge for London.

1592 - Wrote Pierce Penilesse, a short book about a writer so sick of being broke he decides to try a new patron, the Devil.

1593 - He was jailed by the London authorities for criticising them in a religious pamphlet, Christ's Tears, ending up in Newgate where forgotten prisoners could easily die of hunger and disease.

1601 - He died aged about 33, nobody quite knows when or where.


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