ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Christopher Marlowe

(1564-1593)


Christopher Marlowe, the son of a Canterbury shoemaker, studied at King's School, Canterbury (1579) and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (B.A. 1584, M.A. 1587). In a brief but eventful life he was a secret agent at Rheims and in Scotland and a writer for the Lord Admiral's Company. He was the friend of Sir Thomas Walsingham, Walter Raleigh, Thomas Watson, Thomas Nashe, and Thomas Kyd. Marlowe (who had friends in common with Spenser) imitated the Faerie Queene in Tamburlaine prior to the publication of Spenser's poem.


TEXT RECORDS:

1590Tamburlaine the Greate.

PUBLICATIONS:

Tamburlaine the Great, divided into two tragicall discourses. 1590.
The troublesome raigne and lamentable death of Edward the Second. 1594.
The tragedie of Dido Queene of Carthage [with Nashe]. 1594.
The massacre at Paris, with the death of the duke of Guise. 1594?
Epigrammes and Elegies [Ovid, with John Davies]. 1595?
All Ovids Elegies: 3 bookes [with John Davies]. 1595-1600?
Hero and Leander. 1598.
Lucans first booke translated line for line. 1600.
The tragicall history of D. Faustus. 1604.
The famous tragedy of the rich Jew of Malta. 1633.
Works of Christopher Marlowe. 3 vols, 1827.
Works, ed. R. H. Case et al. 6 vols, 1930-33.
Complete works, ed. Fredson Bowers. 2 vols, 1973.
Complete works, ed. Roma Gill. 1987-.