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Gabriel Harvey

(c. 1550—1631) scholar and writer


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(c. 1550–1631),

became the friend of Spenser and was probably his tutor. He commemorated Sir Thomas Smith, his patron, in a series of Latin elegies, Smithus (1578), which may have influenced the form of Spenser's ‘Teares of the Muses’. After a brilliant but troubled academic career, he turned his interests towards the court and the vernacular. In his exchange of Letters with Spenser (1580) he sensibly indicated the difficulties and limitations of writing English verse in classical metres, but also delivered his famous judgement of The Faerie Queene, as it then existed, as ‘Hobgoblin runne away with the Garland from Apollo’. His attack on the dying Greene in Foure Letters (1592) provoked Nashe's stinging replies which Harvey's Pierces Supererogation (1593) did not mitigate. With his old‐fashioned humanist values and often awkward prose style Harvey came off worse in the controversy.

Subjects: Literature.


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