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Marlowe, Christopher (1564-1593)

The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is Christopher Marlowe.


Six Superlative Sources

· Bakeless, John. The Tragicall History of Christopher Marlowe. 2 vols. Harvard University Press, 1942. A comprehensive, readable biography.

· Bartels, Emily C. Spectacles of Strangeness: Imperialism, Alienation, and Marlowe. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993. The best post-colonial approach to Marlowe's plays.

· Deats, Sara Munson. Sex, Gender, and Desire in the Plays of Christopher Marlowe. University of Delaware Press, 1997. The best feminist interpretation of Marlowe's plays.

· Levin, Harry. Christopher Marlowe: The Overreacher. Faber and Faber, 1954. Reprint, Faber and Faber, 1961. A classic study of Marlowe's protagonists as overreachers.

· Shepherd, Simon. Marlowe and the Politics of Elizabethan Theatre. St. Martin's Press, 1986. The most valuable new historicist approach to Marlowe's plays.

· Weil, Judith. Christopher Marlowe: Merlin's Prophet. Cambridge University Press, 1977. The best overall study of Marlowe's poems and plays.

Other Excellent Sources


· Brandt, Bruce. Christopher Marlowe in the Eighties: An Annotated Bibliography of Marlowe Criticism from 1978 through 1989. Locust Hill Press, 1992.

· Friedenreich, Kenneth. Christopher Marlowe: An Annotated Bibliography of Criticism since 1950. Scarecrow Press, 1979.


· Nicholl, Charles. The Reckoning: The Murder of Christopher Marlowe. Jonathan Cape, 1992.


· Bevington, David M. From "Mankind" to Marlowe: Growth of Structure in the Popular Drama of Tudor England. Harvard University Press, 1962.

· Cheney, Patrick. Marlowe's Counterfeit Profession: Ovid, Spenser, Counter-Nationhood. University of Toronto Press, 1997.

· Cole, Douglas. Suffering and Evil in the Plays of Christopher Marlowe. Princeton University Press, 1962. Reprint, Gordian Press, 1972.

· Deats, Sara Munson, and Robert A. Logan, eds. Marlowe's Empery: Expanding His Critical Contexts. University of Delaware Press, 2001.

· Downie, J.A., and J.T. Parnell. Constructing Christopher Marlowe. Cambridge University Press, 2000.

· Fanta, Christopher. Marlowe's "Agonists": An Approach to the Ambiguity of His Plays. Harvard University Press, 1970.

· Friedenreich, Kenneth, Roma Gill, and Constance B. Kuriyama, eds. "A Poet and a Filthy Playmaker": New Essays on Christopher Marlowe. AMS Press, 1988.

· Knoll, Robert E. Christopher Marlowe. Twayne's English Authors Series 74. Twayne Publishers, 1969.

· Kuriyama, Constance Brown. Hammer or Anvil: Psychological Patterns in Christopher Marlowe's Plays. Rutgers University Press, 1980.

· McAdam, Ian. The Irony of Identity: Self and Imagination in the Drama of Christopher Marlowe. University of Delaware Press, 1999.

· Masinton, Charles. Christopher Marlowe's Tragic Vision: A Study in Damnation. Ohio University Press, 1972.

· Sales, Roger. Christopher Marlowe. Macmillan, 1991.

· Steane, J.B. Marlowe: A Critical Study. Cambridge University Press, 1964.

· White, Paul Whitfield. Marlowe, History, and Sexuality: New Critical Essays on Christopher Marlowe. AMS Press, 1998.

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