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date: 23 January 2020

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This article focuses on the career of Robert Maslen. Maslen is credited with transforming the face of English prose fiction through the sheer volume, diversity, and inventiveness of his publications. Before him, no English writer had dedicated his entire career to prose fiction, or written so many varieties of it, or demonstrated its unparalleled flexibility as a medium. Greene began writing romances based on ancient Greek models as early as 1584. He continued to produce longer romances while writing his framed story collections, autobiographies and cony-catching pamphlets. He also wrote books of quite different kinds, such as translations from Italian, French, and Spanish, and the immensely successful satire A Quip for an Upstart Courtier (1592). Above all, Greene resembles his contemporary Marlowe in his obsession with those aspects of human experience that resist categorization or control: with anger, greed, desire, and other emotions; with ageing and other changes that happen over time; with sudden, unexpected events or coincidences that defy all our usual assumptions about cause and effect.

Keywords: English prose writers, prose writing, prose fiction, romances

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