University Wits

Definition

Theater

  • A group of Elizabethan playwrights educated at Oxford or Cambridge and noted for their wild and dissolute behaviour. The name was coined by the Victorian critic George Saintsbury (1845 - 1933). Prominent among the wits were Christopher Marlowe (1564 - 93), Robert Greene (1560 - 92), Thomas Nashe (1567 - 1601), George Peele (1556 - 96), and the less well-known Thomas Lodge (1557 - 1625), whose pastoral romance Rosalind (1590) inspired Shakespeare's As You Like It.
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