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The Upstart Crow: Shakespeare's feud with Robert Greene
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Actually, when this book came out, I think that theatres were closed for the plague, so he is in a lousy line of work. Then this guy goes after him for plagiarism and bombast. And Shakespeare did give Greene a kind of response to his book, but maybe not the response you would expect.
He wrote a play called Titus Andronicus—a gory play, possibly more bombastic than any play then in the London theatre. RK: Accusing someone as plagiarism in the late 16th, early 17th century is as straightforward an accusation like that today. Of course, back then, there were no laws in place to protect intellectual property. There was no notion of intellectual property.
JL: Status of plagiarism in early modern culture is pretty complicated.
When a young person went to grammar school, went to university, he—almost only boys went to grammar school—got trained not to write original material. He got trained to copy, to imitate other writers. To translate them. To try and do tings they way they do them. To steal their best lines. It was not actually thought of as theft. It was thought of as imitation. It was the way it was done. That is probably not the case. I work on the history of intellectual property and the history of plagiarism, and what I can tell you is that it is kind of cyclical.
There are a lot of highly competitive cultural moments when a system of literary practice that is highly imitative gets stigmatized and transformed into something quasi-criminal. But the informal, non-legal stigmatizing of plagiarism comes and goes, and it came in spades in the environment of the theatre in the s. RK: Loewenstein notes that it would have stung Shakespeare in particular to be accused of plagiarism, to be accused of not being able to keep up on his own with his competition, because unlike many of his peers, he had no university education.
By and large, writes for the London theatres—the playwrights of London—an awful lot of them were university educated. And none of those people—or very few of those people—actually got the jobs they came to London to get. Robert Greene , born July ?
He was also one of the first professional writers and among the earliest English autobiographers. Greene obtained degrees at both Cambridge and Oxford. He then went to London , where he became an intimate of its underworld. He wrote more than 35 works between and To be certain of supplying material attractive to the public, Greene at first slavishly followed literary fashions. About Greene began to compose serious didactic works. Beginning with Greenes never too late , he related prodigal son stories.