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Who Wrote Marlowe?: The death and ghost of Christopher Marlowe

Who Wrote Marlowe?: The death and ghost of Christopher Marlowe [Kindle Edition]

Richard Unwin

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For years we have been regaled with opinion on the literary magnificence of Christopher Marlowe.
Some have gone so far as to suggest that Marlowe was the forerunner of William Shakespeare, even his mentor. Others have claimed that it was Marlowe who actually wrote, from beyond the grave, those works we know today as being from the pen of William Shakespeare. Celebrity writers have queued to eulogise Marlowe, claiming that he was the greatest tragedian of his age. We are told that he walked as an equal among the nobility and iconic figures of the Elizabethan age.

However, his supposed body of work is small, fragmentary and stylistically confused. There is no evidence that he wrote anything of significance for himself. The works that have his name attached are a compilation from the collaborative works of a coterie of cash-strapped contemporary writers, of which William Shakespeare was one. The reason for the confusion that surrounds his murder in 1593 was that there were two Christopher Marlowe’s; one who lived and died an indifferent scholar and incompetent spy, the other reborn as a fictional construct, the ghostly product of the Elizabethan players and their entrepreneurial sponsors. Here is an alternative history of Christopher Marlowe.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Publisher: quoadultra (1 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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Richard Unwin lives in Manchester, England and for many years has been fascinated with the history of the Middle Ages, a period of romance and high drama. A member of the Richard III Society, he has just finished the third book in a series set in the Wars of the Roses where the main character is a Breton armourer. As usual, this author gives an unconventional interpretation of the main historical events.

For more information look at the author's web site which has a series of pages that explore some of the controversies of the Ricardian era and later Tudor and restoration theatre.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Who Wrote Marlow - Shakespeare's Literary Hoax 3 Dec 2010
By Josie B - Published on
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"Never came reformation in a flood". Listen to me quoting Shakespeare - that is what this book has done to me. Like most people I had accepted the conventional unquestioning view of Christopher Marlowe as a literary genius, the inspiration for Shakespeare, or the actual author of Shakespeare's work and the inventor of blank verse for playmaking. I cannot imagine that anyone reading this book will ever think of Marlowe in this way again. I had become used to hearing of theories denigrating Shakespeare as the author of his own works, but nobody until now, has turned a critical eye upon Christopher Marlowe. It seems I had been looking at the wrong man - Christopher Marlowe is much more likely to be a fraud than William Shakespeare. There is a lot of history in the book, though I found this helpful, particularly as I am not too familiar with the period. The two playlets prefacing chapters three and six, written in blank verse, illustrate the main points of the story in an entertaining and informative way. Overall, a very fascinating read leaving the reader with an afterthought of plausibility.
Josie B
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but 28 Nov 2012
By Samuel L. Straight - Published on
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Some times it's best to leave well enough alone. The debate of Shakespeare/Marlowe has raged for centuries. Nothing really new in this book. Entertaining but no show stopper..........
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1.0 out of 5 stars The author's lack of knowledge regarding Marlowe is stunning 8 Mar 2011
By Tommasso - Published on
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This is a slipshod piece of absurd non scholarship that perverts Marlowe's impressive academic credentials at King's School and Cambridge. I have yet to find one Elizabethan scholar who will deny Marlowe's literary prowess. Everything we know about his upbringing and education shows his legitmate penchant and trajectory towards the poetic. Of course, if you don't know your Elizabethan literary history (and let's face it, even today's English majors don't)it's easy to buy into the author's wild claims. But let's be clear, again: Elizabethan scholars of all authorship persuasions (some who credit Marlowe for writing some Shakespeare, most who adamantly deny it)know Marlowe was an authentic, real-deal literary heavyweight. Amazing what you can publish . . .
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