The Complete Plays

The Complete Plays

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Penguin Putnam
The complete plays of Christopher Marlowe, in which the lure of dark forces drives the shifting balances between weak and strong, sacred and profane

Marlowe's seven plays dramatise the fatal lure of potent forces, whether religious, occult or erotic. In the victories of Tamburlaine, Faustus's encounters with the demonic, the irreverence of Barabas in The Jew of Malta, and the humiliation of Edward II in his fall from power and influence, Marlowe explores the shifting balance between power and helplessness, the sacred and its desecration.

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Baker & Taylor
Accompanied by a critical introduction, a biographical chronology, incisive commentary, and a glossary, this definitive dramatic collection features all seven of the plays written by Christopher Marlowe--including Dido, Queen of Carthage, The Jew of Malta, Doctor Faustus, and The Massacre at Paris. Reprint.

Blackwell North Amer
Christopher Marlowe - a possible spy with a reputation for atheism who was murdered in mysterious circumstances - courted danger throughout his life. A sense of the dark forces operating in social and political relationships underlies his work. In Dr. Faustus, a man of great intellect and even greater ambition craves knowledge, and is prepared to sell his soul to the Devil to achieve it. Tamburlaine attempts to satisfy his desire for greatness through his domination over an ever-growing empire, while Edward II upsets the delicate balance of power in the land and plants the seed of his own murder. All the plays here show Marlowe's fascination with the tension between weak and strong, sacred and profane.


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Dec 11, 2015

Though often overshadowed by that showboat Shakespeare, Kit Marlowe, despite his small output, is both an influential playwright and a fascinating character. He was, quite possibly, an atheist, a spy, & a homosexual. He was stabbed in the eye in a tavern duel. And he wrote some bombastic (Jonson referred to Marlowe's "mighty line"), bloody, and subversive plays, which are all included in this well annotated collection. "Dr. Faustus" is the most famous, but fans/students of Elizabethan drama will want to read the entire collection. Also see Anthony Burgess's inventive, dazzling novel of Marlowe's life, "A Deadman in Deptford."


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