Robert Greene, an English dramatist and miscellaneous writer, born at Ipswich about 1560, died in London, Sept. 3, 1592. He was educated at Cambridge, and studied for a while also at Oxford. Although bred to a profession, he followed the career of an author, rivalling his brother dramatists, if not always in dramatic power, at least in profligacy. His life was spent alternately in plenty and penury. Being deserted by all his friends, he was indebted for shelter and attendance in his last sickness to a poor cobbler and his wife. He was a prolific writer, and in addition to his dramas, of which only five that are certainly his have come down to us, wrote poems, tales, and pamphlets. Some of his poems are characterized by much elegance of diction. His tale of "Pandosto, or the Historie of Dorastus and Faunia," furnished Shakespeare the plot for his "Winter's Tale." In "A Groat's Worth of Wit bought with a Million of Repentance," Greene alludes to Shakespeare as "an upstart crow beautified with our feathers - in his own conceit the only shake-scene in a country." An edition of his works was published by the Rev. A. Dyce in 1831 (2 vols. 8vo).