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The Complete Plays (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

Christopher Marlowe
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27 Nov 2003 Penguin Classics
Marlowe's seven plays dramatise the fatal lure of potent forces, whether religious, occult or erotic. In the victories of Tamburlaine, Faustus's encounters with the demonic, the irreverence of Barabas in THE JEW OF MALTA, and the humiliation of Edward II in his fall from power and influence, Marlowe explores the shifting balance between power and helplessness, the sacred and its desecration.

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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (27 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140436332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140436334
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 3.2 x 12.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Their texts fully restored by recent scholarship, Marlowe's astonishing works can now be appreciated as originally written. For the first time, this edition boasts the complete plays - including two versions of Doctor Faustus. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Christopher Marlowe (1564-93) was educated at Cambridge and soon established his reputation as a playwright. Away from the stage, Marlowe was a man who courted danger as a homosexual, a spy, and an outspoken atheist. He was murdered at the age of 29 in a tavern in Deptford.

Robert Lindsey is Associate Aditor of the journal Medieval and Renaissance Drama in English. Frank Romany teaches English at St John's College, Oxford.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a very academic edition 28 July 2006
I bought this edition of Marlowe's plays for a Renaissance Literature course at uni, expecting a wealth of notes and annotations to explain social and historic contexts. I was quite disappointed to discover that the notes were very meagre and the only aspect of the plays that is covered in the notes is the mythological references. I think Marlowe is a brilliant playwright, but without a good edition you miss so much of the Renaissance thinking that went into his works.

The Penguin edition is not all negative, however; the editor explains the existence of the two versions, basing his edition on the 1616 B text, providing an Additional Notes section in which uses of the A text are given. Both versions of Act v scene i (the Old Man's Speech) are presented, though sadly not adequately discussed.

I'd recommend this only to people who don't like to be distracted by looking at the Notes at back of the book. If you're interested in the thought and influences on Marlowe and his work, you'll need a more academic edition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful for A-level 9 Feb 2003
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This is a useful edition for those teaching or studying the plays of Marlowe. It includes the 1616 edition of Faustus, as used for the A-level, and a brief comparison to the 1604 version. The scripts are well laid out and edited, though the notes are a little sparse. Marlowe is a brilliant playwright and well worth reading, and this is a comprehensive introduction to his work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Dramatist, fine addition 12 Jun 2004
Christopher Marlowe is the first great dramatist in the english language and this is a fine addition of all his plays. It is well laid out with suitably adequate notes for classical and historical alusions. In short it is a good edition of some great plays. Dr Faustus, Tamburlaine & Edward II are classics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 29 Jun 2006
Christopher Marlowe is a practically unknown writer... as Shakespeare's teacher it is a mystery as to why the focus is solely upon Shakespeare... in schools, plays, etc.

After reading this book it gave me a sense of familiarity as to where Shakespeare got his humour, wit, ideas and great skill for writing harrowing tragedies and love stories.

Unfortunately Marlowe's life work consists of only 7 plays, but the saying quality not quantity most deifnitely takes its toll here.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book is not what is being advertised 19 Feb 2011
By K
If you are an A level student this is NOT for you. The book is unfortunately advertised as having both A & B text on the 'Look Inside' however it only has one text and there is no specification as to which it is... very disappointing and as I have only five days to read it I haven't got time to re-order.
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