Satirist, etc., born at Lowestoft, educated at Cambridge A reckless life kept him in perpetual poverty, and a bitter and sarcastic tongue lost him friends and patrons. He cherished an undying hatred for the Puritans, and specially for Gabriel Hervey, with whom he maintained a lifelong controversy, and against whose attacks he defended Robert Greene. Among his writings are Anatomy of Absurdities (1589), Have with you to Saffron Walden, and Pierce Pennilesse, his Supplication to the Divell (1592), all against the Puritans. In Summer’s (a jester of Henry VIII.) Last Will and Testament occurs the well-known song, “Spring, the sweet Spring, is the year’s pleasant King.” Christ’s Tears over Jerusalem (1593) may have indicated some movement towards repentance. Another work in a totally different style, The Unfortunate Traveller, or the Life of Jack Wilton (1594), a wild tale, may be regarded as the pioneer of the novel of adventure. It had, however, so little success that the author never returned to this kind of fiction. A comedy, The Isle of Dogs (now lost), adverted so pointedly to abuses in the state that it led to his imprisonment. His last work was Lenten Stuffe (1599), a burlesque panegyric on Yarmouth and its red herrings.
Nashe’s verse is usually hard and monotonous, but he was a man of varied culture and great ability.
- The Anatomy of Absurdity 
- Preface to Greene's Menaphon 
- An Almond for a Parrot 
- Preface to Sir Philip Sidney's Astrophel and Stella 
- Pierce Penniless 
- Summer's Last Will and Testament [play performed 1592, published 1600]
- Strange News 
- Christ's Tears over Jerusalem 
- Terrors of the Night 
- The Unfortunate Traveller. Or, The Life of Iacke Wilton 
- Have with You to Saffron-Walden 
- Isle of Dogs (Lost) 
- Nashe's Lenten Stuffe 
- The Choise of Valentines; or the merie ballad of Nash his dildo / edited by John Stephen Farmer