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Christopher Marlowe : poet & spy

Author: Park Honan
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
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"Christopher Marlowe: Poet & Spy is the most thorough and detailed picture of Marlowe's life in over fifty years. Based on years of meticulous research, Park Honan's biography contains many new findings, including details of Marlowe's home life and schooling, his time at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and his reading, teachers, and early achievements. A newly-discovered letter has provided information on the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Named Person: Christopher Marlowe; Christopher Marlowe; Christopher Marlowe; Christopher Marlowe
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Park Honan
ISBN: 0198186959 9780198186953
OCLC Number: 60931407
Description: xv, 421 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Birth --
Petty school and the parish --
The King's School --
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge --
Into espionage --
The Tamburlaine phenomenon --
Doctor Faustus --
A spy abroad --
The keen pleasures of sex --
A little matter of murder.
Responsibility: Park Honan.
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Highlights Marlowe's career as a spy, and his relations, especially with Shakespeare. We see how his imagination helped to save him, and brought him a brief success. His street fights, so-called  Read more...

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This impressive volume must surely be recognised as the standard Marlowe biography Roger Hards, The Marlowe Society Newsletter Honan's great strength lies in his ability to capture the physical Read more...

 
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