Sunday, February 6, 2022

Feb. 6: Christopher Marlowe, English playwright and poet


Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) English playwright and poet. It must have been tough to be a good playwright when Shakespeare (with whom he was baptized in the same year) was your competitor. Seen any good productions of Dr. Faustus lately? Or Edward the Second? Tamburlaine? No? But these were some of Kit Marlowe's greatest hits. (He is credited with only six plays in his 29 years.) He was London's pre-eminent playwright--even bigger than Will--until his supposedly mysterious death in 1593, 13 years before the Bard. (In 1925 records came to light showing he died in a knife fight over a bar bill, though the witnesses may not be credible.) What might he have become?


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