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Author photo. Christopher Marlowe while Cambridge University

Christopher Marlowe while Cambridge University

Christopher Marlowe (1) [–1593]

This page covers the author of Doctor Faustus.

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

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Christopher Marlowe was born in Canterbury, England on February 6, 1564. He received a B.A. in 1584 and an M.A. in 1587 from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. His original plans for a religious career were put aside when he decided to become a poet and playwright. His earliest work was translating Lucan and Ovid from Latin into English. He translated Vergil's Aeneid as a play. His plays included Tamburlaine the Great, Faustus, The Jew of Malta, and Dido, Queen of Carthage. His unfinished poem Hero and Leander was published in 1598. In 1589, he and a friend killed a man, but were acquitted on a plea of self-defense. His political views were unorthodox, and he was thought to be a government secret agent. He was arrested in May 1593 on a charge of atheism. He was killed in a brawl in a Deptford tavern on May 30, 1593. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Doctor Faustus… (more)
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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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