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Thomas Lodge

Thomas Lodge

Charles C. Whitney
April 01, 2011

Thomas Lodge was the most versatile of the pioneering professional writers of the English Renaissance, experimenting in an astonishing variety of forms. His long, eventful, and well-documented life makes him one of the most individualized figures of his age, and yet also one of the most...

The University Wits: 6-Volume Set

The University Wits: 6-Volume Set

Robert Logan
April 01, 2011

These volumes demonstrate the importance of the small group of university-educated Renaissance writers commonly known as the 'University Wits': John Lyly, Thomas Lodge, George Peele, Robert Greene, Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Nashe. Each of these Wits is the subject of a dedicated volume of...

Robert Greene

Robert Greene

Kirk Melnikoff
March 28, 2011

While Robert Greene was the most prolific and perhaps the most notorious professional writer in Elizabethan England, he continues to be best known for his 1592 quip comparing Shakespeare to "an upstart crow." In his short twelve-year career, Greene wrote dozens of popular pamphlets in a variety of...

Thomas Nashe

Thomas Nashe

Georgia Brown
March 28, 2011

The current surge of interest in the Elizabethan poet, dramatist, prose-writer and critic, Thomas Nashe, follows years of neglect or undisguised hostility. Yet, as early allusions testify, Nashe was a name which imposed itself on contemporary culture. Nashe annoyed and even disturbed his...

John Lyly

John Lyly

Ruth Lunney
March 23, 2011

John Lyly is the first collection of essays dedicated solely to the work of this University Wit, celebrity prose writer, and playwright to the court of Elizabeth. Lyly's energy and wit inspired his contemporaries to follow new directions in prose fiction and stage comedy, and his writings still...

George Peele

George Peele

David Bevington
March 18, 2011

David Bevington's volume on George Peele looks at the literary achievement of that dramatist and author, who was born in London some time around 1556-8, was educated at Oxford, and returned to London to become a prolific writer until his death in 1596. He died at the age of forty, in poverty, and...

Christopher Marlowe

Christopher Marlowe

Robert A. Logan
February 28, 2011

In uncovering the origin of the designation 'University Wits', Bob Logan examines the characteristics of the Wits and their influence on the course of Elizabethan drama. For the first time, Christopher Marlowe is placed in the context of the six University Wits, where his reputation stands out as...

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