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Providing a comprehensive survey of Christopher Marlowe's literary career, this Introduction presents an approachable account of the life, works and influence of the groundbreaking Elizabethan dramatist and poet. It includes in-depth discussions of all of Marlowe's plays, stressing what was new and revolutionary about them as well as how they made use of existing dramatic models. Marlowe's poems and translations, sometimes marginalized in discussions of his work, are analyzed to emphasize their literary importance and political resonances. The book presents a balanced discussion of Marlowe's turbulent life and considers his afterlives: the influence of his work on other writers and examples of how his plays have been performed. In addition to introducing the reader to the historical and religious contexts within which Marlowe wrote, the Introduction stresses the qualities that continue to make his work fascinating: intellectual range, radical irony and an awareness of the dangerously compelling power of theater.Read more
- Relates Marlowe to his dramatic predecessors and to other contemporaries as well as Shakespeare, emphasising Marlowe's importance as an innovator rather than allowing him to remain in Shakespeare's shadow
- Covers Marlowe's afterlives from the early modern period onward in print, on stage and in other media
- Includes discussion of Marlowe's often-neglected poetry and translations of Ovid and Lucan, providing a complete and rounded sense of his career
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"On the whole, I have found this book a model of excellence in its scholarship, intelligence, and suggestiveness. It is remarkably fresh in the focus of each chapter, wide-ranging in scope, flexible and detailed in supplying illuminating contexts, and thoroughly engaging in the persuasive candor of its well-supported observations. I recommend it without reservation."
--Marlowe Society of America Newsletter
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- Date Published: March 2012
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521124300
- length: 168 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 154 x 8 mm
- weight: 0.27kg
- contains: 7 b/w illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Life and historical contexts
2. Tamburlaine, Parts One and Two
3. Doctor Faustus
4. The Jew of Malta and The Massacre at Paris
5. Edward II
6. Dido, Queen of Carthage and Marlowe's poetry
7. Marlowe's afterlives
Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses
- British Renaissance Drama
- Major British Authors before 1700
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