Thomas Cooke

(1703—1756) translator and writer

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Thomas Cooke was born on 16 December 1703 in Braintree, Essex, and died on 20 December 1756. He is remembered for his translation (1728) of Hesiod, which earned him the soubriquet ‘Hesiod Cooke’. He was one of the century's most enterprising authors, writing poems and plays, translating the classics, and acting as editor and author for the literary journal, the Craftsman. He was just nineteen when he began his literary career, with a poem on the death of the Duke of Marlborough, and in 1725 he published his Battle of the Poets, in which he pilloried Pope, Swift and their circle. His best works are probably his translations of the classics, most notably his edition of Terence (1734). He is said to have produced a translation of Cicero's De natura deorum in 1737, but no copy has been traced. His literary undertakings did not earn him much money; he was almost always in debt.


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