Water Lane: The Pilgrimage of Christopher Marlowe

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AuthorHouse, Mar 30, 2005 - Education - 184 pages
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Water Lane, the last stop on Medieval pilgrimages to Canterbury, is located in the ancestral village that John Passfield shares with the, Elizabethan playwright, Christopher Marlowe. In this novel, the water in the lane becomes a central image in an imaginary pilgrimage that the dying artist recalls as he lies bleeding from a stab wound on the floor of Eleanor Bulls house in Deptford, in May of 1593. Amid the footsteps and murmurs of his murderers, as they rehearse their version of the scuffle, Marlowes preconscious mind attempts a final structuring of the images of his life. The overt mystery -- who has arranged the death of Christopher Marlowe? --frames the covert mystery: what are the influences that shape, an artists work?

 

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John Passfield was born in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, and continues to reside in Southern Ontario, at Cayuga, with his family. He has taught and studied literature, creative writing and drama, and is interested in the development of the novel as an art form. Water Lane is his first published novel. A companion book, The Making of Water Lane, records the process whereby a visit to Water Lane, a place of significance for writers Geoffrey Chaucer and Christopher Marlowe, and of his own ancestral roots, led the author to write a complex literary novel which is a story of political intrigue and a lyrical evocation of the influence of childhood and family on a sensitive artist. www.johnpassfield.ca

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