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The Unfortunate Traveller and Other Works (English Library) [Paperback]

Thomas Nashe
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27 July 1978 English Library
Written in the late sixteenth century, at the pinnacle of the English Renaissance, the rich and ingenious works of Thomas Nashe uniquely reveal the ambivant nature of the Elizabethan era. Mingling the devout and the bawdy, scholarship and slang, they express throughout an irrepressible, inexhaustible wit and an astonishing command of language. This collection of Nashe's finest works includes The Unfortunate Traveller, the sharp and grotesque tale of Jack Wilton, an Englishman travelling through Europe; Pierce Penniless, a biting satire on the society of his age; Terrors of the Night; Lenten Stuff; the sensual poem The Choice of Valentines; and extracts from Christ's Tears over Jerusalem and other works. Wide-ranging in subject, all capture the unique voice and fantastic ingenuity of one of the most entertaining Elizabethan writers - a man regarded by his contemporaries as the 'English Juvenal'.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (27 July 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140430679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140430677
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 12.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite authors 2 Sep 2008
Most people will only ever read Thomas Nashe as part of a college or university course, and even then it will most likely be a brief mention. However he is well worth paying extra attention to. One of the bad boys of English Literature, Nashe fled London after a disasterous play written with Ben Jonson, for which he would have probably been imprisoned. The play unfortunately hasn't survived, however this book collects together the rest of his most important works, including plays, poetry and prose. It includes the wonderful Lenten Stuffe, which was written in praise of Great Yarmouth, where he went after leaving London, and mostly involves fish.

Well worth getting past his sometimes unconventional writing style for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Renaissance England beyond Shakespeare 24 Jun 2010
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Thomas Nashe was one of the `university wits' of the late sixteenth century and was at Cambridge from c.1581-1588 where he would have known Christopher Marlowe and, possibly, John Donne. He is supposed to have collaborated with Marlowe on his Dido, Queen of Carthage though it is impossible now for us to identify his contributions.

This collection does justice to the wide range of his writings from the picaresque prose work that gives this its title to the actually very dirty and quasi-pornographic The Choice of Valentines.

Far less well know outside academic circles than his peers and friends, Nashe is just one of the Elizabethan writers who has been pushed aside for the more canonical writers but is well worth discovering. The Penguin edition is a good sample of this fascinating, funny, bawdy and entertaining writer - who also reveals serious issues about the Elizabethan way of thinking, not least about gender distribution.
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A radical piece of writing. One of the first 'novels' so to speak. Combines different styles of writing and provides a critique on writing itself - traditional writing practises are used to comment upon them. Nashe often is ambiguous as to his opinion on what he discusses, leaving the reader to interpret for themself the meaning. Very entertaining in parts; can be difficult to get started with as it is rather different from anything I had read before; definitely worth the 'getting started' though. Loved it. It's the kind of book you have to experience for yourself - no amount of explaining it will work. I read it for my 3rd year University course in Renaissance Literature. It was by far my favourite work on that course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff! 31 Mar 2012
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pretty awesome! thomas nashe isn't an easy read or anything, but 'the unfortunate traveller' is immensely enjoyable. ruined the book with notes, it's great.
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Just as expected. Very good book and service. Pleasure to do business with. Look forward to doing business again in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very twisted old book 11 Nov 2008
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This is one of the most disturbing books I've read recently. I haven't read torture scenes this lovingly depicted since "Naked Lunch." And this was June 27, 1593! The antisemitism of pretty idiotic, but this was the 1500's after all.
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