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The Lives and Afterlife of Christopher Marlowe

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Baker & Taylor
A rich and colorful portrait of Elizabethan life draws on historical sources to provide a speculative portrait of Christopher Marlowe, following the life of the enigmatic playwright in context to the life and work of William Shakespeare and its enduring literary legacy.

McMillan Palgrave
Rodney Bolt’s delightful life of Marlowe plays out a surprising solution to an enduring literary mystery, bringing the spirit of Shakespeare alive as we’ve never seen it before.

Rodney Bolt’s book is not an attempt to prove that, rather than dying at 29 in a tavern brawl, Christopher Marlowe staged his own death, fled to Europe, and went on to write the work attributed to Shakespeare. Instead, it takes that as the starting point for a playful and brilliantly written “fake biography” of Marlowe, which turns out to be a life of the Bard as well. Using real historical sources (as well as the occasional red herring) plus a generous dose of speculation, Bolt paints a rich and rollicking picture of Elizabethan life. As we accompany Marlowe into the halls of academia, the society of the popular English players traveling Europe, and the dangerous underworld of Elizabethan espionage, a fascinating and almost plausible life story emerges, along with a startlingly fresh look at the plays and poetry we know as Shakespeare’s. Tapping into centuries of speculation about the man behind the work, about whom so few facts are known for sure, Rodney Bolt slyly winds the lives of two beloved playwrights into one.


Book News
Bolt offers a wildly alternative version of the life of Christopher Marlowe. Based on real historical sources plus a generous dose of speculation, his narrative assumes that, rather than dying at 29 in a tavern brawl, Marlowe faked his own death, fled to Europe, and went on to write the work attributed to William Shakespeare. In so doing, Bolt paints a vivid and humorous picture of Elizabethan life and weaves the biographies of two famous playwrights into one. Bolt is a travel writer who has also worked as a theater director in London. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Holtzbrinck

Rodney Bolt's delightful life of Marlowe plays out a surprising solution to an enduring literary mystery, bringing the spirit of Shakespeare alive as we've never seen it before.

Rodney Bolt's book is not an attempt to prove that, rather than dying at 29 in a tavern brawl, Christopher Marlowe staged his own death, fled to Europe, and went on to write the work attributed to Shakespeare. Instead, it takes that as the starting point for a playful and brilliantly written "fake biography" of Marlowe, which turns out to be a life of the Bard as well. Using real historical sources (as well as the occasional red herring) plus a generous dose of speculation, Bolt paints a rich and rollicking picture of Elizabethan life. As we accompany Marlowe into the halls of academia, the society of the popular English players traveling Europe, and the dangerous underworld of Elizabethan espionage, a fascinating and almost plausible life story emerges, along with a startlingly fresh look at the plays and poetry we know as Shakespeare's. Tapping into centuries of speculation about the man behind the work, about whom so few facts are known for sure, Rodney Bolt slyly winds the lives of two beloved playwrights into one.



Blackwell North Amer
Mark Twain likened writing the biography of Shakespeare to reconstructing the skeleton of a brontosaurus - using "nine bones and six hundred barrels of plaster of Paris." All biographies of Shakespeare use the same few dozen facts, kneaded together with legend and leavened with a large dollop of the author's imagination.
Rodney Bolt has built a different brontosaurus. Without trying to prove it, his book assumes that, rather than dying at twenty-nine in a tavern brawl, Christopher Marlowe staged his own death, fled to Europe, and went on to write the work attributed to Shakespeare. This is the starting point for a mischievous and brilliantly written biography of Marlowe, which turns out to be a life of the Bard as well.
Using real historical sources plus a generous dose of speculation, Bolt paints a rich and rollicking picture of Elizabethan life. As we accompany Marlowe into the halls of academia, the society of the popular English players traveling Europe, and the dangerous underworld of Elizabethan espionage, a fascinating and almost plausible life story emerges, along with a startlingly fresh look at the plays and poetry we know as Shakespeare's. Tapping into centuries of speculation about the man behind the work, about whom so few facts are known for sure, Rodney Bolt slyly winds the lives of two beloved playwrights into one.

Baker
& Taylor

Elaborates on the theory that celebrated English playwright Christopher Marlowe staged his own death and subsequently became known as William Shakespeare, in a speculative biography that describes Elizabethan political intrigue.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2005
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781596910201
1596910208
Branch Call Number: 822.3 MAR
Characteristics: 388 p

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