Robert Greene


Robert Greene Famous memorial

Death 3 Sep 1592 (aged 34)
Burial Burial Details Unknown, Specifically: New Churchyard near Bedlam, site now occupied by the Liverpool Street Station, London.
Memorial ID 9038539 View Source

Author. A Cambridge graduate and one of the "University Wits", he was perhaps the first English writer to earn a living entirely from his pen. In 1587 he deserted his wife and newborn child to lead a dissolute life in London, supporting himself by writing plays and later turning to fiction. His 38 published works include the prose romances "Pandosto" (1588) and "Menaphon" (1589), the plays "Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay" (1589) and "James IV" (1591), and a series of sensational pamphlets describing criminal life in London. He died in extreme poverty, allegedly from an illness brought on by a banquet of pickled herrings and Rhenish wine. On his deathbed Greene wrote a letter to his abandoned wife begging her forgiveness, and asking her to settle his debts; and a "repentance" pamphlet, "Greene's Groatsworth of Wit" (1592), in which he made the first published reference to Shakespeare by calling him "an upstart crow". He was given a pauper's burial in the New Churchyard near Bedlam, a site that is now occupied by the Liverpool Street underground station.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
  • Added: 4 Jul 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial 9038539
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Greene (Jul 1558–3 Sep 1592), Find a Grave Memorial ID 9038539, ; Maintained by Find a Grave Burial Details Unknown, who reports a New Churchyard near Bedlam, site now occupied by the Liverpool Street Station, London..