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review 2019-11-17 09:05
The Terrors Of The Night
The Terrors of the Night (Little Black Classics #30) - Thomas Nashe

I realize that in a collection of 80 (or 127) works, not everything can stand out. Well, this one did, but unfortunately not in a good way. The blurb, as other reviewers have pointed out, was looking quite good, but doesn't fit the book at all.

I guess if you're into long Elizabethan ramblings about the devil and such things, this might be for you. Otherwise, I'm sure there are better books for you in this collection...

~Little Black Classics #30~

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review 2015-06-01 00:00
The Terrors of the Night (Little Black Classics #30)
The Terrors of the Night (Little Black Classics #30) - Thomas Nashe Thomas Nashe was a 16th Century English playwright and poet, and is considered as the greatest Elizabethan Pamphleteer and was an early purveyor of erotic poetry. He is most famous for his work Summer's Last Will and Testament and The Unfortunate Traveller.

The Terrors of the Night is the 30th Little Black Classic and it has thus far been the worst. I'm loath to even give it any stars at all as it was terrible written, confusing and extremely misogynistic. Whilst I can tolerate historical religious writings, Nashe is so utterly mind-numbingly boring he cannot even bring me to find anything good about his writing, except perhaps the few references he makes to English folklore and makes a lightly amusing joke about the terribleness of Holland cheese:

"God is my witness, in all this relation I borrow no essential part from stretched-out invention, nor have I one jot abused my informations; only for the recreation of my readers, whom loath to tire with a coarse home-spin tale that should dull them worse than Holland cheese."

There is no flow to his writings; sentences blend in to one another using punctuation which makes the sentence itself around two pages long on average. He has a tendency to ramble and forget what he is speaking of, then return to it several pages later.

I would suggest you skip this LBC completely, but if you're looking to complete your collection, there's really no reason why you should read it.
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review 2014-05-23 00:00
The Unfortunate Traveller and Other Works
The Unfortunate Traveller and Other Works - Thomas Nashe,J.B. Steane Acknowledgements and References
Introduction
Select Bibliography


Complete Texts

--Pierce Penniless his Supplication to the Devil
--Summer's Last Will and Testament
--The Terrors of the Night
--The Unfortunate Traveller
--Lenten Stuff
--The Choice of Valentines

Extracts

--The Anatomy of Absurdity:
Prodigal Sons
Poor Scholars
Advice to Scholars
--Preface to Greene's Menaphon: English Seneca, Whole Hamlets and St John's in Cambridge
--Strange News: Robert Greene
--Christ's Tears over Jerusalem:
Atheists
Frost-Bitten Intellect
Gorgeous Ladies of the Court
Stews and Strumpets
Prayer for London
--Have with You to Saffron Walden: Gabriel Harvey
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