The Marlowe Papers: A Novel

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St. Martin's Press, Jan 29, 2013 - Fiction - 464 pages
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Winner of the 2013 Desmond Elliott Prize
Longlisted for the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction

You're the author of the greatest plays of all time.
But nobody knows.
And if it gets out, you're dead.

On May 30, 1593, a celebrated young playwright was killed in a tavern brawl in London. That, at least, was the official version. Now Christopher Marlowe reveals the truth: that his "death" was an elaborate ruse to avoid a conviction of heresy; that he was spirited across the English Channel to live on in lonely exile; that he continued to write plays and poetry, hiding behind the name of a colorless man from Stratford—one William Shakespeare.

With the grip of a thriller and the emotional force of a sonnet, this remarkable novel in verse gives voice to a man who was brilliant, passionate, and mercurial. A cobbler's son who counted nobles among his friends, a spy in the Queen's service, a fickle lover and a declared religious skeptic, Christopher Marlowe always courted trouble. In this memoir, love letter, confession, and settling of accounts, Ros Barber brings Christopher Marlowe and his era to vivid life in The Marlowe Papers.

 

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User Review  - Bodagirl - LibraryThing

A novel in verse, Barber weaves a tale of spies, deception, and identity in the The Marlowe Papers. Written from Christopher Marlowe's perspective, we follow Marlowe through fame, death, and undeath ... Read full review

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User Review  - HelenGress - LibraryThing

Written entirely in poetry, this volume is one of many that claims to identify the true man behind the William Shakespeare mystic. I enjoyed the poetic style- the allusions to the plays but especially ... Read full review

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Contents

DEATHS A GREAT DISGUISER
CONJURORS
TOM WATSON TAMBURLAINE THEGREAT THE LOW COUNTRIES
THE FIRSTHEIROFMY INVENTION THE JEW OF MALTA
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ROS BARBER was born in Washington, DC and raised in England. She is the author of three poetry collections and her poetry has appeared in Poetry Review, London Magazine, The Guardian among many other publications. Ros has a PhD in Marlowe studies and has taught writing at The University of Sussex for more than a decade. In 2011, she was awarded the prestigious Hoffman Prize for The Marlowe Papers. She lives in Brighton, England.

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