George Gascoigne

(c. 1534—1577) author and soldier

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(c. 1534–77),

soldier and poet. Many of his works were contained in The Posies of George Gascoigne (1575), a variety of secular and devotional verse, including ‘The delectable history of Dan Bartholmew of Bathe’; a verse account of his adventures as a soldier in the Netherlands, ‘The fruites of Warre’; two plays written for performance at Gray's Inn in 1566, Supposes, a prose comedy based on Ariosto's I Suppositi, and Jocasta, a blank verse tragedy; a strange Chaucerian novella of sexual intrigue, The Adventures of Master F. J.; and Certayne Notes of Instruction Concerning the Making of Verse or Ryme in English, a pithy but pioneering account of English versification. Gascoigne's other works include The Glasse of Governement: A Tragicall Comedie (1575). The Droomme of Doomes Day (1576), and The Steele Glas: A Satyre (1576). Gascoigne's achievement has been overshadowed by the later Elizabethan poets, but he was an innovator in a wide variety of literary forms.

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