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The Vnfortunate Traveller, or The Life Of Jack Wilton With An Essay On The Life And Writings Of Thomas Nash By Edmund Gosse   By: (1567-1601)

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In "The Vnfortunate Traveller, or The Life Of Jack Wilton With An Essay On The Life And Writings Of Thomas Nash" by Thomas Nash, readers are taken on an unforgettable journey through the life of the protagonist, Jack Wilton. Edmund Gosse's accompanying essay on Nash's life and writings further adds depth and context to this captivating narrative.

The story revolves around the adventures, misfortunes, and exploits of Jack Wilton, a cunning and resourceful young man living during the reign of King Henry VIII. Through his witty and engaging storytelling, Nash provides the readers with a vivid portrayal of the turbulent times, drawing them into a world filled with political intrigues, deceit, and war.

The strongest aspect of this book lies in Nash's exceptional prose. His writing style is flamboyant, energetic, and replete with wordplay, making it a delight to read. Nash's mastery of language and ability to create vivid imagery transports readers to the 16th century, enabling them to experience the joys and hardships faced by Jack Wilton firsthand.

The characterization in this book is absolutely brilliant. Jack Wilton is a complex and multifaceted character, possessing both charm and opportunism. Throughout the narrative, he evolves and matures, adapting to the challenges and dangers that come his way. Nash skillfully explores the human psyche, offering a nuanced understanding of emotions and desires through his characters.

Moreover, the political and social commentary embedded within the story adds a layer of intellectual depth to the novel. Nash delves into the intricacies of power dynamics, corruption, and moral ambiguity prevalent during the Tudor era. This thought-provoking element elevates "The Vnfortunate Traveller" beyond being just a captivating adventure, transforming it into a literary work that prompts readers to reflect on the timeless nature of human behavior.

Edmund Gosse's included essay on the life and writings of Thomas Nash is a valuable addition to the book. It provides readers with a deeper understanding of Nash's intentions, influences, and the historical context in which he wrote. Gosse's analysis offers a comprehensive look at Nash's life, shedding light on the motivations behind his work and his significant contributions to English literature.

However, some readers may find the book's pacing to be a bit erratic. The story jumps from one adventure to another with little room for pause or reflection. While this may be intentional, as it mirrors the unpredictability and chaos of Jack Wilton's life, it can also make the narrative somewhat disorienting for those seeking a more structured plot.

Overall, "The Vnfortunate Traveller, or The Life Of Jack Wilton" is a captivating and daring read. Nash's expert storytelling, combined with Gosse's insightful essay, makes this book a worthwhile exploration of historical fiction. It serves as not only an entertaining adventure but also a window into the social, political, and moral complexities of the Tudor period.

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[Illustration: Henry Howard]

"The portrait of Surrey which is now at Hampton Court, and which is attributed to Holbein, though probably by his imitator, Guillim Stretes, apparently dates from a period when he was a very young man. It is a valuable and highly interesting picture; especially in regard to the dress, which, except for the white shirt, embroidered with Moresque work, is entirely red, and with the flat red cap, red shoes ornamented with studs of gold, the richly chased dagger and sword, is an admirable example of the gorgeous style of costume prevalent at Court at the latter end of the reign of Henry VIII, 'Law's History of Hampton Court Palace in Tudor Times.'"


London Printed And Issued By Charles Whittingham & Co At The Chiswick Press MDCCCXCII


An Essay on the Life and Writings of Thomas Nash

The Dedication to the Earl of Southampton

To the Gentlemen Readers

The Induction to the Pages of the Court

The Unfortunate Traveller


It is mainly, no doubt, but I hope not exclusively, an antiquarian interest which attaches to the name of Thomas Nash... Continue reading book >>

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