Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Christopher Marlowe

Though this is a blog about Shakespeare, there is a lot of comparison between Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe.
Marlowe is known as "the father of English tragedy." He has penned Dido, Queen of Carthage, The Jew of Malta and other works. Marlowe is also noted for using blank verse, a poetic aspect that Shakespeare also employs in his plays. Shakespeare is said to have written The Taming of the Shrew with the influence of Marlowe's style.

There is an long conspiracy that Marlowe was actually responsible for writing Shakespeare's plays, that he faked his own death and kept on writing. This has fueled a huge debate whether the plays were written by Shakespeare at all, with both sides firing evidence and theories at one another. The naysayers of Shakespeare, known as "Antistratfordians," believe Shakespeare did not pen his works at all. You can find more about this conspiracy here.

There are several sites devoted to passing the conspiracy as a complete goose chase, such as this one. Aside from writing, Marlowe was also a spy for the English government, as well as being labeled a heretic. More information can read from this link.

Further information on Marlowe can be found on this site. And of course, Wikipedia has a thorough analysis over Marlowe here.
- Kristopher

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