Lecture 2 part 1 titus andronicus sept 20. Life and context (continued from last week: rival playwrights, shakespeare"s later years, first folio (1623) Titus andronicus (1594: peacham drawing, revenge tragedy". Shakespeare worked alongside other well-known playwrights of the period, including thomas kyd, robert greene, christopher marlow and ben johnson: robert greene wrote funny pamphlets, christopher marlowe is master of drama works. His works were a major influence; shakespeare strives to imitate marlow"s verse: ben johnson was shakespeare"s rivals. He learned much from these playwrights (especially kyd and marlowe) in the early years of his career, and was seen by some of them as an ambitious. Ben johnson"s poem celebrating shakespeare"s contribution to english drama prefaces the first folio (1623). One of the university wits" (along with christopher marlowe). Earliest mention of shakespeare in print (possibly an allusion to titus. Andronicus): for there is an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his.