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Book Title: The Plays (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature)|
The author of the book: Christopher Marlowe
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 646 KB
Edition: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Date of issue: August 5th 1997
ISBN 13: 9781840221305
Read full description of the books The Plays (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature):Marlowe is probably better known for his 007 reputation and murder than he is for his plays. A position which would probably stunned his 16th century contemporaries as he was arguably the most popular playwright of his day. Today it is mainly his Doctor Faustus which is given attention and this is probably his strongest work. Some of the themes of his other plays were covered more famously by Shakespeare (Jew of Malta vs. Merchant of Venice for example.) and it is interesting to compare how the two handled these issues. Considering that Marlowe has long been seen as a potential Shakespeare candidate it is fascinating to compare the works of these two. I can't say that I see any great similarities in style between them. Marlowe is fond of some flourishes which today seem a little overblown, although this attitude may in part be due to the ubiquitous nature of Shakespeare within the English language; Marlowe has 'is this the face which launched a thousand ships', while Shakespeare is thought to have introduced 3000 new words and phrases to the language the majority of which are still used today. However considering the disparity in lengths of career and output this is not a surprise. If he had lived it is possible he could have created even better work, as it is what we have of his is at times brilliant, and contains some wonderful characters, it seems a shame that these works, along with those of other greats of the period have been so obscured by the genius of Shakespeare. I would certainly like to see them performed more regularly.
Read information about the authorChristopher "Kit" Marlowe (baptised 26 February 1564) was an English dramatist, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era. The foremost Elizabethan tragedian next to William Shakespeare, he is known for his magnificent blank verse, his overreaching protagonists, and his own mysterious and untimely death.
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