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The Marlowe Papers

Barber, Ros. 2012. The Marlowe Papers. Sceptre. ISBN 978-1444737387 [Book]

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On May 30th, 1593, a celebrated young playwright was killed in a tavern brawl in London. That, at least, was the official version. Now Christopher Marlowe reveals the truth: that his 'death' was an elaborate ruse to avoid being convicted of heresy; that he was spirited across the Channel to live on in lonely exile; that he continued to write plays and poetry, hiding behind the name of a colourless man from Stratford - one William Shakespeare.

With the grip of a thriller and the emotional force of a sonnet, this remarkable novel in verse gives voice to a man who was brilliant, passionate and mercurial. A cobbler's son who counted nobles among his friends, a spy in the Queen's service, a fickle lover and a declared religious sceptic, he was always courting trouble.

Memoir, love letter, confession, settling of accounts and a cry for recognition as the creator of some of the most sublime works in the English language, The Marlowe Papers brings Christopher Marlowe and his era to vivid life. Written by a poet and scholar, it is a work of exceptional art, erudition and imagination.

Item Type: Book

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

English and Comparative Literature

Date:

2012

Item ID:

12881

Date Deposited:

25 Aug 2015 12:25

Last Modified:

11 Jul 2017 10:19

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/12881
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