|Robert Greene, in a woodcut from after his death|
He is shown writing in his funeral shroud
|Greene's pamphlet in which Shakespeare is mentioned|
Published shortly after Greene's death
Nowadays, Greene is most remembered for having written a pamphlet in 1592 that is the first historical mention of Shakespeare:
By 1592, Shakespeare was just getting going, and receiving his first acclaim as a writer, of the Henry VI plays.
In 1592, Robert Greene’s greatest work was behind him, with Pandosto (1588) and Menaphon (1589).
He saw their failures, and he learned not to make their mistakes.
I think there is a very good moral to the story of Greene's life, as compared to Shakespeare's.
Shakespeare's genius was not just in the quality of his writing.
Any writer will tell you that it is impossible to control the quality of the words they write.
But the quantity of time they spend writing is what they can control the most. The quality of their writing is directly a result of the time they put into it.
Shakespeare learned early on that while everyone else was busy in the taverns, he was hard at work. He sat down and wrote.
David B. Schajer
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