Christopher Marlowe was a contemporary of William Shakespeare. Born in fact in the same year, he was an eminent playwright of the Elizabethan era. Though today his name doesn’t share the same familiarity and prestige as Shakespeare, he is one of the great playwrights of all time.
Marlowe studied at the illustrious Cambridge University where he received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts. Like Shakespeare, Marlowe wrote mainly using blank verse and his plays are wonderfully detailed and poetic.
It is purported that Shakespeare was heavily influenced by Marlowe. And there is evidence for this in the many Marlowe references in Shakespeare’s plays. These two great playwrights of the same age would surely have shared a close, albeit tumultuous relationship, if Marlowe’s reputation is in any way accurate.
A shroud of controversy surrounds Christopher Marlowe. Rumours of him being a spy, a passionate atheist, a homosexual, as well as the confusion over his premature death, add to his illusive persona. It is speculated that he faked his own death, and then wrote under the guise of William Shakespeare. A theory that excites, but holds little weight with academics. In truth, like many of the writers of his era, we have only a smattering of facts about the man, and so he will forever remain the mysterious and brilliant Christopher Marlowe.
Born: 10 February 1898
Died: 14 August 1956
Place of Birth: Augsburg, German Empire
Best Marlowe Plays
1589 or 1593