Robert Greene

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  • Matthew Woodcock (University of East Anglia)

Robert Greene was one of the most successful members of a new generation of Elizabethan writers who were committed to making a living for themselves solely by their pens, and his life and career offer a superlative example of early modern self-fashioning. Although celebrated by his literary peers for writing prose romances, moralistic story collections, plays for the popular stage and pamphlets exposing the criminal underworld of Elizabethan London, perhaps Greene's greatest creation – and most significant contribution to sixteenth-century literary history – is his own persona and office as a professional author. Throughout his prodigious, eclectic body of writings Greene rarely lets his readers lose sight of his presence as the …

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Citation:
Woodcock, Matthew. "Robert Greene". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 October 2007
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=1865, accessed 27 November 2014.]

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