were a group of late 16th
century english playwrights who were educated at the universities (Oxford
). Prominent members of this group were Christopher Marlowe
, Robert Greene
and Thomas Nashe
. They were looked upon as the literary elite of the day and often ridiculed other playwrights like Shakespeare
who did not have the benefit of a university education. However, this group was a short-live phenomenon echoed in mondern times.