1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Greene

Philip Bliss, in Athenae Oxonienses (1815) 5: i 246-47.



Robert Green is supposed to have been born about 1560, and died either the 3d or 5th of September 1592. His numerous pieces have lately obtained much attention from the editors of bibliographical works. Mr. Beloe, in the Anecdotes of Literature, vol. ii. first collected the titles with brief notices of many of his publications. An enlarged list, with the dates of their various editions, was inserted in the Censura Literaria, vol. viii, p. 386; and in that work, as well as the British Bibliographer, are several articles describing valuable pieces by Green. To the list in the Censura a short memoir is prefixed partly attempting to redeem the character of this imprudent and unfortunate man, from the low and despicable calumnies heaped upon him after he was dead by Gabriel Harvey, whose malignant attacks have since been too often repeated unwittingly by others. The same view of the subject was afterwards adopted, and, as might be expected, spiritedly pursued with strong and convincing arguments by Sir E. Brydges, in a preface critical and biographical, before Greene's Groats-worth of Wit, 1813, 4to, of which only sixty copies were printed at the private press of Lee Priory. The following catalogue of Greene's tracts contains all the dates of editions discovered since the list was printed in the Censura Literaria [omitted].