Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Great Regulars: The Marlowe Papers is a novel in verse

by the poet Ros Barber, who wrote the book as part of a PhD and has also published academic papers on Christopher Marlowe. Its main fictional contention is that the playwright was not killed "in a tavern brawl" in Deptford, but spirited away by colleagues in the secret service (with which he was undoubtedly involved), lived sometimes abroad and sometimes in England, took the name William Shakespeare and wrote the plays we (or most of us) always thought were produced by the Swan of Avon.

from Andrew Motion: The Guardian: The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber--review


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