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About Christopher Marlowe

This being a fan site and not a scholarly one, it's short: Christopher Marlowe was born in 1564, the same year as William Shakespeare, spent much of his student years at Cambridge in trouble, worked as a royal spy, was involved in heresy and other dangerous pursuits, wrote six plays and a number of poems, and died in 1593 after being stabbed in the eye, allegedly in a dispute over a dinner bill.

Marlowe's greatest contribution to English theatre was blank verse. He was the first to use it in drama, although Shakespeare was quick to adapt it to his own work.

Marlowe wrote Tamburlaine the Great I/II, The Jew of Malta, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, Dido the Queen of Carthage, Edward II, and The Massacre at Paris. Of his poems, the best known are Hero and Leander and The Passionate Shepherd.

Marlowe's death is as controversial and mysterious as his life. The theory that he was murdered has merit, given his spying and lifestyle, but the truth will likely never be known. Whether his death resulted from a quick temper or a nefarious plot, it marked the end of a brilliant writer who'd barely tapped into his potential.

If you're a fan of Marlowe's plays and/or poems, I hope you'll add your name to the list.