Robert Greene: James the Fourth

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Robert Greene’s The Scottish Historie of Iames the fourth, slaine at Flodden was printed in 1598, six years after the death of its author. Greene’s friend – and possible collaborator – Thomas Nashe wrote of him: “In a night & a day would he have yarkt up a Pamphlet as well as in seaven yeare, and glad was that Printer that might bee so blest to pay him deare for the very dregs of his wit” (1.287). This testifies to Greene’s immense and enduring popularity (the tract Greene in Conceipt also appeared in 1598, purporting to have been written by the dead Greene, with a title-page image of him sitting up in his winding-sheet, pen in hand). In addition, Nashe’s comment suggests Greene’s habit of writing …

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Roberts, Peter Brynmor. "James the Fourth". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 October 2008
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]

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