Thomas Deloney

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Thomas Deloney (c. 1543 – April 1600) was an English novelist and balladist. The lavish diversity of his characters, has led to him being viewed as a precursor of Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, and Charles Dickens.


  • God sends meat and the devil sends cooks.
    • Originally in A. Borde Dietary of Health xi. (1542 )
    • Used and popularised by Deloney in 1574. Dictionary of Proverbs

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