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Sir Thomas North

(c. 1535—1603) translator


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(1523–?1601),

is famous for his translations, which include the Diall of Princes from Guevara's El Relox de Principes with The Famous Booke of Marcus Aurelius, The Morall Philosophie of Doni, from the Italian (1570), and Plutarch's Lives from the French of Jacques Amyot (1579), to which he made additions from other authors in 1595 and 1603. His Plutarch, written in a noble and vivid English, formed Shakespeare's chief storehouse of classical history and exerted a powerful influence on Elizabethan prose.

Subjects: Literature.


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