The World of Christopher Marlowe

Macmillan, 2005 M01 5 - 411 páginas
The definitive biography: a masterly account of Marlowe's work and life and the world in which he lived

Shakespeare's contemporary, Christopher Marlowe revolutionized English drama and poetry, transforming the Elizabethan stage into a place of astonishing creativity. The outline of Marlowe's life, work, and violent death are known, but few of the details that explain why his writing and ideas made him such a provocateur in the Elizabethan era have been available until now. In this absorbing consideration of Marlowe and his times, David Riggs presents Marlowe as the language's first poetic dramatist whose desires proved his undoing.

In an age of tremendous cultural change in Europe when Cervantes wrote the first novel and Copernicus demonstrated a world subservient to other nonreligious forces, Catholics and Protestants battled for control of England and Elizabeth's crown was anything but secure. Into this whirlwind of change stepped Marlowe espousing sexual freedom and atheism. His beliefs proved too dangerous to those in power and he was condemned as a spy and later murdered. Riggs's exhaustive research digs deeply into the mystery of how and why Marlowe was killed.

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Highly satisfying biography of the first great English playwright, who was also a "landmark figure in the history of atheism and sedition."Because there is virtually no firsthand evidence about the ... Leer comentario completo

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Riggs (English, Stanford Univ.), whose previous work includes the authoritative Ben Jonson: A Life , has drawn together a marvelous biography of the talented and notoriously combative poet, playwright ... Leer comentario completo

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David Riggs is a professor of English at Stanford University. His books include Ben Jonson: A Life and The World of Christopher Marlowe. He lectures regularly at leading universities in the United States and Great Britain, and has written articles for The Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Shakespeare Quarterly, among others. He lives in Stanford, California.

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