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Robert Greene (1558 - September 3, 1592) was an English playwright, poet, pamphleteer, and prose writer. He was born in Norwich, England, and received a bachelor's degree from Cambridge University in 1575, and later a Master of Arts from Oxford University.
Greene was an older contemporary of William Shakespeare, and some scholars speculate that Shakespeare got his start as a playwright rewriting some of Greene's plays. Other scholars have speculated that he was a cousin of Shakespeare, based on the record that on March 6, 1590, one "Thomas Greene, alias Shakespere" was buried in the Stratford-on-Avon churchyard, and relatives of this Thomas Greene had business dealings with Shakespeare.
He is most familiar to Shakespeare scholars for his work Groats-Worth of Wit, which contains the earliest mention of Shakespeare as a member of the London dramatical community in the form of an accusation that he not only was an untrustworthy actor, but apparently that he committed plagiarism. This passage quotes a line from Shakespeare's play Henry VI, part 3, but scholars are not agreed on what Greene's cryptic allusion exactly means.