The Complete Plays

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Penguin Books Limited, Nov 27, 2003 - Drama - 702 pages
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This book gathers all seven of the dramas of Christopher Marlowe, in which the lure of dark forces drives the shifting balances between weak and strong, sacred and profane. Supported by textual notes and featuring modern punctuation and spelling, they include:

  • Dido, Queen of Carthage
  • Tamburlaine the Great, Part One
  • Tamburlaine the Great, Part Two
  • The Jew of Malta
  • Doctor Faustus
  • Edward the Second
  • The Massacre at Paris

With a critical introduction, a chronology of Marlowe’s life, extensive commentary, and a glossary, this will remain the authoritative anthology of Marlowe’s plays for years to come.

  • The texts have been freshly edited based on the earliest printed editions, with modernized punctuation and spelling
  • Each play has headnotes, textual notes, and commentary


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User Review  - WashburnJ - LibraryThing

How can anyone deny the impact this story has had on the generations? Even if not in Marlowe's form of Dr. Faustus, the simple fable of a man giving up his eternal soul for fame, wealth, power, etc ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joseph - Goodreads

My senior seminar was on Marlowe and we read all his plays! Not only are most of them fantastic, they also have humor as well as tragedy especially the Jew of Malta! Read full review

About the author (2003)

Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) was born in Canterbury the year of Shakespeare's birth. Like Shakespeare, he was of a prosperous middle-class family, but unlike Shakespeare he went to a university, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he received the bachelor's degree in 1584 and the master's degree in 1587. The terms of his scholarship implied that he was preparing for the clergy but he did not become a clergyman. Shortly before he received his M.A. the University seems to have wished to withhold it, apparently suspecting him of conversion to Roman Catholicism, but the Queen's Privy Council intervened on his behalf, stating that he "had done her majesty good service" and had been employed "in matters touching the benefit of the country." His precise service is unknown. After Cambridge, Marlowe went to London, where he apparently lived a turbulent life (he had two brushes with the law and was said to be disreputable) while pursuing a career as a dramatist. He wrote seven plays--the dates of which are uncertain--before he was yet again in legal difficulties: he was arrested in 1593, accused of atheism. He was not imprisoned, and before his case could be decided he was dead, having been stabbed in a tavern while quarreling over the bill.

Frank Romany teaches English at St. John's College, Oxford.

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