Robert Greene

Date bap. 1558 - d. 1592
Biographical NotesWriter and playwright. Influential and prolific author of a wide variety of works from romances, stage plays, and 'coney-catching' pamphlets (i.e. crime exposé), to deathbed confessions. Famous and notorious subsequently as England's first celebrity author, and a household name in his own day. Greene constructed an identity for himself as a dissolute author writing degenerate (yet topical and popular) pamphlets on morally ambiguous topics. As such many of his works are confessional or repentant in tone and the prodigal son is a common theme to many. Greene died in poverty in 1592.

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Work(s)Author of [Philador's Request and Rabby Bilessy's Answere] (1590) in Greenes Mourning Garment Given Him by Repentance at the Funerals of Love, which he Presentes for a Favour to all Young Gentlemen that Wish to Weane Themselves from Wanton Desires