University Wits

a name given to an Elizabethan group of university-trained playwrights and pamphleteers, among them Robert Greene, John Lyly, Thomas Nash, and George Peele.

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▪ English dramatists
      the notable group of pioneer English dramatists who wrote during the last 15 years of the 16th century and who transformed the native interlude and chronicle play with their plays of quality and diversity.

      The university wits include Christopher Marlowe (Marlowe, Christopher), Robert Greene (Greene, Robert), and Thomas Nashe (Nashe, Thomas) (all graduates of Cambridge), as well as Thomas Lodge (Lodge, Thomas) and George Peele (Peele, George) (both of Oxford). Another of the wits, though not university-trained, was Thomas Kyd (Kyd, Thomas). Preceded by John Lyly (Lyly, John) (an Oxford man), they prepared the way for William Shakespeare. The greatest poetic dramatist among them was Marlowe, whose handling of blank verse gave the theatre its characteristic voice for the next 50 years.

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