Other literary forms
Fulke Greville (GREHV-ihl) wrote three verse dramas modeled on Seneca: Mustapha (pb. 1609), Alaham (pb. 1633), and Antony and Cleopatra. He destroyed Antony and Cleopatra because he feared that it contained material “apt enough to be construed, or strained to a personating of vices in the present Governors, and government.” Mustapha exists in three different versions: one published without Greville’s permission in 1609, two identical manuscripts that seem to have been written before the printed edition, and the 1633 version, which appeared along with Alaham in the collection of Greville’s works titled Certain Learned and Elegant Workes of the Right Honourable Fulke, Lorde Brooke. It was probably the translation of Robert Garnier’s Marc Antoine (1592) by Sir Philip Sidney’s sister, Mary, the countess of Pembroke, that initiated the fashion of the “French Seneca” to which Greville’s plays were a contribution.
Of Greville’s titled prose works, the two most important are A Letter to an Honourable Lady (1633) and The Life of the Renowned Sir Philip Sidney (1652), containing a survey of international relations in the 1580’s and a history of Elizabeth’s reign as well as an account of Sidney’s life. Of particular interest to the literary historian is Greville’s discussion of the difference between his view of poetry and that of Sidney.