Robert Greene (dramatist)
About Greene's childhood and youth, very little is known. He studied the arts ( artes ) at the Universities of Cambridge (1575 bachelor ) and Oxford ( master of arts). After the successful completion of his studies, he made an extensive grand tour, in which he toured France, Italy and Switzerland.
In 1585 he married, but left his wife in favor of a free writer living in London. At the age of 34 years, Robert Greene died on September 3, 1592 in London. Notorious for his extravagant and reckless life he was drunk choking on a herring, according to the words of his fellow writer Gabriel Harvey at a dinner.
Although Greene's literary work was repeatedly reissued or staged, actually only be Pandosto ( 1588) has survived. This work served as a model for his William Shakespeare Winter's Tale. He lived by writing and wrote numerous pamphlets and books in the hope to meet the interest of the audience, as a treatise on cheaters ( The art of conny -catching 1591, 1592), five plays and a history book The Scottish History of James IV
His bitter mockery to the non- academically trained upstart Shakespeare in A groatworth of wit ( 1592) (an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers ) is one of the few mentions of Shakespeare by contemporaries and is often cited as evidence that this began even then the theater scene to shake.
- Alphonsus ( 1587 )
- Arbasto ( 1584)
- Conny- catching tracts ( 1591 )
- Farewell to folly ( 1591 )
- Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay (1590 ) ( play )
- A groatsworth of wit bought with a million of repentance ( 1592)
- Gwydonius ( 1584)
- It's never too late to mend (1590)
- James IV ( 1591 )
- Mamilia ( 1583 )
- Menaphon ( 1589 )
- Mirror of modesty ( 1584)
- Orlando furioso ( 1591 )
- Pandosto or Dorastus and Fawnia ( 1588)
- Perimedes ( 1589 )
- A quip for at upstart courtier ( 1592)