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Delphi Complete Works of Christopher Marlowe (Illustrated) [Kindle Edition]

CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE
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Features:
* beautiful images relating to Marlowe’s life, locations and works
* annotated introductions to the plays and other works, giving valuable contextual information
* ALL the plays, each with its own contents table – navigate easily between acts and scenes – find that special quotation quickly!
* even includes the apocryphal play LUST'S DOMINION, available nowhere else
* contains both versions (A & B) of DOCTOR FAUSTUS
* ALL the poetry, with excellent formatting
* EVEN includes the SOURCES for some of the plays, allowing you to explore Marlowe’s inspiration
* INCLUDES no less than 4 biographies – explore the playwright’s mysterious life from multiple sources across history
* the SPECIAL literary criticism section boasts four works that examine Marlowe’s contribution to literature
* scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
* includes a front MASTER table of contents, allowing easy navigation around Marlowe’s immense oeuvre
* features a special 'Glossary of Elizabethan Language', which will aid your comprehension of difficult words and phrases
* UPDATED with corrected Edward II text
* UPDATED with modernised DIDO text, in response to a customer's feedback

Were it not for his untimely death, Christopher Marlowe was destined to become one of the world’s greatest writers, with some believing he would have even eclipsed his contemporary Shakespeare. Marlowe was an enigmatic character - part poet, scholar, soldier, spy and tavern brawler - and his legend continues to elude historians. This eBook provides readers with a new and erudite edition of Marlowe’s works, offering every play, poem, translation and much more. Now you can truly own all of Marlowe’s works and a range of BONUS material on your Kindle, and all in ONE well-organised file.

CONTENTS

The Plays
DIDO, QUEEN OF CARTHAGE
THE SOURCE TEXT OF DIDO, QUEEN OF CARTHAGE
TAMBURLAINE THE GREAT PART 1
TAMBURLAINE THE GREAT PART 2
THE JEW OF MALTA
DOCTOR FAUSTUS (A TEXT)
DOCTOR FAUSTUS (B TEXT)
EDWARD II
THE SOURCE TEXT OF EDWARD II
THE MASSACRE AT PARIS

The Apocryphal Play
LUST'S DOMINION

The Poetry
TRANSLATION OF BOOK ONE OF LUCAN'S THE PHARSALIA
TRANSLATION OF OVID'S ELEGIES
THE PASSIONATE SHEPHERD TO HIS LOVE
THE NYMPH'S REPLY TO THE SHEPHERD BY SIR WALTER RALEIGH
HERO AND LEANDER
FRAGMENT
IN OBITUM HONORATISSIMI VIRI, ROGERI MANWOOD, MILITIS, QUÆSTORII REGI- NALIS CAPITALIS BARONIS
DIALOGUE IN VERSE
EPIGRAMS BY J.D.

The Criticism
EXTRACTS FROM ‘THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’ BY SIDNEY LEE
THE INFLUENCE OF CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE ON SHAKSPERE'S EARLIER STYLE BY A. W. VERITY
EXTRACT FROM ‘A STUDY OF SHAKESPEARE’ BY ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE
SOME NOTES ON THE BLANK VERSE OF CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE BY T.S. ELIOT

The Biographies
MARLOWE AND HIS ASSOCIATES BY JOHN H. INGRAM
THE MUSES' DARLING BY CHARLES NORMAN
CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE - OUTLINES OF HIS LIFE AND WORKS BY J. G. LEWIS
THE DEATH OF CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE BY J. LESLIE HOTSON

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5873 KB
  • Print Length: 2029 pages
  • Publisher: Delphi Classics; 4 edition (22 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IQKLJQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still climbimg toward knowledge infinite 19 Aug 2012
By L. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER
I recently bought this on Amazon, and like another reviewer discovered that the Edward II play actually was the text of the apochryphal play Edward III, which some have wrongly in my view attributed to Shakespeare.

Internal references and wordplay offer strong evidence that this is in fact a Marlowe play, and some Marlowe scholars also contend that it is a Marlowe play, particularly the allusions to Hero and Leander, an as yet unpublished poem at the time of Marlowe's death. In E3, the word Peers is capitalised relating to the meaning peers and punned upon. There is a character Piers of Gaveston in Edward II where the exact same wordplay is used.

Unlike the other reviewer, I contacted the publisher who immediately replaced my file with the correct Edward II text. Clearly the Kindle file sold by Amazon has not been updated with this information, or else the other reviewer bought it before it was updated.

I also bought the Kindle book by The Life & Complete Works Of Christopher Marlowe, which does have the original play, which I have separately reviewed.

I consider this to be a great investment, because there are no complete paperback versions of Marlowe's complete works available on Amazon. You can buy the Christopher Marlowe: The Complete Plays and The Complete Poems and Translations (Penguin Classics)separately, spending more money, so this is a great bargain.

My first impression is that reading Marlowe is a very similar experience to reading Shakespeare, and there is a somewhat eerie similarity in the treatments of plays and development of characters and themes, and the use of language. There are numerous sayings in Marlowe repeated throughout the Shakespeare canon.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still climbing toward knowledge infinite. 9 Jan 2012
By L. Power - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently bought this on Amazon, and like another reviewer discovered that the Edward II play actually was the text of the apochryphal play Edward III, which some have wrongly in my view attributed to Shakespeare.

Internal references and wordplay offer strong evidence that this is in fact a Marlowe play, and some Marlowe scholars also contend that it is a Marlowe play, particularly the allusions to Hero and Leander, an as yet unpublished poem at the time of Marlowe's death. In E3, the word Peers is capitalised relating to the meaning peers and punned upon. There is a character Piers of Gaveston in Edward II where the exact same wordplay is used.

Unlike the other reviewer, I contacted the publisher who immediately replaced my file with the correct Edward II text. Clearly the Kindle file sold by Amazon has not been updated with this information, or else the other reviewer bought it before it was updated.

I also bought the Kindle book by The Life & Complete Works Of Christopher Marlowe, which does have the original play, which I have separately reviewed.

I consider this to be a great investment, because there are no complete paperback versions of Marlowe's complete works available on Amazon. You can buy the Christopher Marlowe: The Complete Plays and The Complete Poems and Translations (Penguin Classics)separately, spending more money, so this is a great bargain.

My first impression is that reading Marlowe is a very similar experience to reading Shakespeare, and there is a somewhat eerie similarity in the treatments of plays and development of characters and themes, and the use of language. There are numerous sayings in Marlowe repeated throughout the Shakespeare canon. A recent book I read on Hamlet listed over 100 parallel quotations in Hamlet alone repeated from the Marlowe works.

Similarly, Shakespeare's first published work the narrative poem Venus and Adonis in 1593, references the then unpublished Hero and Leander, by the recently murdered Marlowe, and Marlowe's poem references the then un;ublished Venus and Adonis. Both poems describe Adonis as rose-cheeked, and have quotes about Narcissus trying to kiss his shadow in a brook, even though Narcissus is not part of the source story of either poem.

In addition to the complete works, are several books of biography. I particularly enjoyed Leslie Hotson's 1925 book, an incredible piece of research, in which he was able to discover the public record of Marlowe's murder inquest, and discover who Marlowe's murderer was, the pardon of the murderer, and the exact official account of Marlowe's death. This book is now out of print. Another is Ingram's biography. There is also a piece by TS Eliot on Marlowe's revoulutionary use of blank verse, which influenced every playwright of the era.

I highly recommend you get this product, as it is probably single Kindle product I use the most. I found this publisher to be quite proactive in making corrections, and they sometimes even include source texts. For example, the Delphi Shakespeare, includes numerous source texts, and narratives about the apocryphal plays.

If you're new to Marlowe, two of his plays Doctor Faustus, and Edward II or Edward II have been made into movies, and Shakespeare scholars acknowledge the huge influence on Shakespeare. I love both Hero and Leander, and particularly The Passionate Shepherd, an extraordinarily beautiful and tender romantic poem.

In the unlikely event that you have any difficulties email delphi at their website. They will send you the revised file. If that does not work Amazon has a great refund policy on Kindle.

I think you will enjoy it, and I hope this was helpful.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Missing Lines 24 May 2012
By GTS - Published on Amazon.com
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I was excited to be able to have all of Marlowe's works on my Kindle for an incredibly low price, but soon found out why it was so cheap. Reading Tragedy of Dido, I came across confusing passages, so I looked them up on another source. I found out on several occassions, there were lines missing from the text. So I had to read the Kindle version with another source at my side in case I came across more missing parts (which I did). Seems to defeat the purpose of having the Kindle!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another definitive edition! 13 Oct 2011
By Fred L - Published on Amazon.com
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Delphi Classics is a dedicated team that treats us with the best complete works edtions available for the kindle. As usual this edition is authoritative, complete, wonderfully indexed formatted and illustrated. Highly recommanded : don't miss it!
1.0 out of 5 stars proof reader needed for this text 1 Mar 2014
By John S. Baker - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book with enthusiasm because I wanted to re-read Marlowe in my old age. Other reviewers have noted that Edward II is the wrong text. I don't care. What bothers me is that I find lines missing, the name of the character speaking a part of the text may be buried in the preceding speaker's text, etc.

I don't mind having to puzzle out the sense of a text. I just want an authentic text which has all the available words. By that standard, this book does not measure up. On Kindle when I get a free book I am used to bad proofreading. But I paid for this one, so I expect a better product than I got.

I guess I'll have to get a free download from archive.org of a PDF of a properly edited text & read that. It will only cost me time downloading & that is easier on the credit card.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Flawed collection! 15 Feb 2012
By Patrick - Published on Amazon.com
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This edition has at least two major flaws which I've so far found: The play listed as Edward II is really (recently-attributed) Shakespeare's Edward III, not Marlowe's play at all! The second flaw is that the text of the play Dido, Queen of Carthage has not been updated from Olde English, making it very difficult to read fluidly. I'm very disappointed and would like a full refund!
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