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Christopher Marlowe

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Max Kölling

on 4 January 2013

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Christopher Marlowe Who was Christopher Marlowe? was a playwright, poet and translator from Britain
worked and published during the Elizabethan Era
caused a lot of controversy during and after his lifetime
is considered to be the most popular playwright of the Elizabethan Era (next to W.Shakespeare)
was a free-thinker and atheist
that did not make life easy for him in the time of Renaissance
he was even arrested and courted for his interests in new technologies and atheism
he worked as a kind of agent for the government and the Queen Elizabeth I.
Christopher Marlowe was born in February 1564 and baptised just days later. He shared his birth year with William Shakespeare and also Galileo Galilei, one of the scientist he would become very interested in later. He was raised in his hometown Canterbury and graduated in Cambridge as a Bachelor and after intervention of governmental instances also Master of Arts.
On May 30 1593 he was stabbed to death in a tavern. It is speculated that there might be a connection to his collisions with the law, but the most popular explanation for his death is a drunken fight. During his literary career he wrote 8 popular plays and 2 works of poetry, additionally he translated 2 more.
In the early 1590s Marlowe was accused of being involved into the publication of bills, denouncing the British government. His Popular Work Christopher Marlowe's first play he ever wrote was a cooperation with Thomas Nashe. It's name was "The Tragedy of Dido, Queen of Carthage". It was followed by "Tamburlaine the Great", "The Jew of Malta", "The Massacre at Paris" and many others.
Many of his plays and also his poetry were published 1-20 years after his death in 1593. Special for Marlowe's plays were the newly established blank Verse and that his protagonists often matched Edward Alleyn and his "Admiral's Men" playing them. His most Important Work
Dido, Queen of Carthage (c. 1586)
Tamburlaine, part 1 (c.1587)
Tamburlaine, part 2 (c.1587–1588)
The Jew of Malta (c.1589)
Doctor Faustus (c.1589, or, c.1593)
Edward II (c.1592)
The Massacre at Paris (c.1593)
The Marlovian Theory is a theory that Marlowe did NOT die on May 30 1593
there is neither specific evidence for, nor against his death
the theory also includes that Marlowe used Shakespeare as a pseudonym
legend says Shakespeare was even illiterate and only used by Marlowe
supporters of this idea see evidence in the similar signatures of Shakespeare and Marlowe and their almost exchangeable writing styles and conceptions (In Fig. 9, word length is shown on the horizontal axis, and frequency, in number of words out of a thousand, on the vertical axis. For example, Mendenhall found that Marlowe and Shakespeare both used 2-letter words about 175 times out of a 1000, or 17.5% of the time).
Sources Wikipedia
Marlowe Society
The Works of C. Marlowe
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