(1543—1600) silkweaver and writer
wrote broadside ballads on popular subjects. He is now best known for his four works of prose fiction, originally published between 1597 and 1600: Jack of Newberie; The Gentle Craft, which includes the story of Simon Eyre adapted by Dekker in The Shoemaker's Holiday; The gentle craft. The Second Part; and Thomas of Reading. His fiction celebrates the virtues and self‐advancement of hard‐working craftsmen, especially in the cloth trade, and has been much admired in modern times for its effective use of dialogue.