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Robert Greene
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Playwright
    (July 11, 1558-September 3, 1592)
    Born in Norwich, England, United Kingdom
    Playwright, poet and pamphleteer
    Wrote the plays 'Friar Bacon and Friar Burgundy,' 'The History of Orlando Furioso,' 'A Looking Glass for London and England,' and 'The Scottish History of James the Fourth' (all titles circa 1590)
    Wrote 'Greene's Groatsworth of Witte' (published posthumously)
    It is difficult to confirm information about him.
    He claimed to have married a gentleman's daughter, abandoned her when her dowry ran out, and fathered a son with a prostitute.
    He was traditionally said to have died from 'a surfeit of pickle herring and Rhenish wine.'
    Although popular in his day, he is remembered mainly for dissing Shakespeare as 'an upstart crow.' (And in the process, providing the earliest reference to Shakespeare as a writer.)
    He was a prolific author, and may have been the first person in England to support himself by writing.
    His romance 'Pandosto' inspired Shakespeare's 'The Winter's Tale.'
    The abandoned wife and knocked-up whore may have been fictions he created as part of a 'penitent prodigal' persona.

Credit: C. Fishel


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