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Celebrating Christopher Marlowe’s 450th Birthday

Posted by Hattie Wilson, Marketing Executive

2014 marks the 450th anniversary of two of England’s most important literary figures: William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe.

Christopher Marlowe was baptised 26th February 1564, exactly two months before Shakespeare who was immensely influenced by the dramatist. Although Marlowe penned poetry and translated classical literature, he is best known as a playwright. In 2002, he was commemorated in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey with a panel on the Hubbard memorial stained glass window.

In March, Fourth Monkey will take part in Marlowe 450, presenting his full works at The Marlowe Theatre in association with The Marlowe Society and the University of Kent. This will include productions of Doctor Faustus and The Massacre of Paris, which will be staged in the crypt of Canterbury Cathedral. The Marlowe Festival will also stage the complete works of the playwright in Cambridge.

2014 looks to be an exciting time for the Marlovian scholar!

Here are just some of Ashgate’s books on Christopher Marlowe:

Christopher Marlowe the CraftsmanMarlowe’s Ovid: The Elegies in the Marlowe Canon (M.L. Stapleton)

Christopher Marlowe (Robert A. Logan) in The Univeristy Wits series

Christopher Marlowe the Craftsman: Lives, Stage and Page (Sarah K. Scott and M.L. Stapleton)

Placing the Plays of Christopher Marlowe: Fresh Cultural Contexts (Sara Munson Deats and Robert A. Logan)

Shakespeares MarloweShakespeare’s Marlowe: The Influence of Christopher Marlowe on Shakespeare’s Artistry (Robert A. Logan) – Winner of the 2009 Roma Gill Prize, awarded by the Marlowe Society of America, and a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2007

Shakespeare, Marlowe, Jonson: New Directions in Biography (Takashi Kozuka and J.R. Mulryne)

Christopher Marlowe and Ashgate: Of Birthdays and Books

Posted by Ann Donahue – Senior Editor for Literary Studies at Ashgate

Today is Christopher Marlowe’s birthday—or possibly not. In the tradition of scholarly precision, The Marlowe Society  tells us the playwright’s exact date of birth is unknown, but Marlowe was baptized at the church of St George the Martyr, Canterbury, on 26 February 1564.

Whatever the precise day and time of his nativity, Marlowe is arguably the second most important dramatist of the English Renaissance, which praise would needle Marlowe according to scholarship focused on the supposed personal rivalry between him and Shakespeare. Detracting from Marlowe’s legacy is by no means our intention, especially on his birthday. And in any case, Marlowe’s relationship with Shakespeare has not been a topic of universal agreement.

Robert A. Logan, in his award-winning Shakespeare’s Marlowe, critiques the concept of rivalry and instead examines the aesthetic and professional bonds between the playwrights.

Placing the Plays of Christopher Marlowe, edited by Sara Munson Deats and Robert A. Logan, again focuses on Marlowe the playwright rather than Marlowe the man, to position the dramatist’s plays within the dramaturgical, ethical, and sociopolitical matrices of his era.

Contributors to Christopher Marlowe the Craftsman,  edited by Sarah K. Scott and M.L. Stapleton and forthcoming in summer 2010, also keep their eyes squarely on Marlowe the working artist—the master craftsman John Addington Symonds characterized as a “sculptor-poet.”

For more information on published and forthcoming books on Marlowe and his contemporaries, we invite you to visit the Christopher Marlowe page on Ashgate’s website.

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