A novel on the life of Robert Greene, contemporary and enemy of Christopher Marlowe and predecessor of Shakespeare. Picaresque in form, the story follows Greene's many ways of life, from rebellion in childhood against a strict Puritan background, to his years at Cambridge and in Italy, his precarious ways of making a living, his successes in theater, and his final years of consorting with thieves and cutthroats. Selfish, egotistical, dishonest, he begs, crawls, and even sneaks across the background of Elizabethan England -- its literary feuds, the plague, the gorgeousness and and the sordidness. It's a long book and a full book, and of greater appeal for the literary taste than the general public. But for all its coverage of historical, religious, social and literary angles, it has a vitality in its re-creation of the period, and is worth special attention for particular sales.