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Christopher Marlowe (1) [1564–1593]

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For other authors named Christopher Marlowe, see the disambiguation page.

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Elizabethan theatre's number two writer (after Shakespeare), Christopher Marlowe was an innovator who brought the blank verse to the stage. Marlowe is now best remembered for his plays, like Doctor Faustus and Tamburlaine, as well as his assassination at an early age, which may have been related to his working as a spy and which remains one of the big unsolved mysteries of the literary world.

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