Marlowe, Christopher


Marlowe, Christopher
(1564—1593)
   English playwright and poet, also known as a translator of Latin poetry (Ovid and Lucan) into English. Educated at the King's School in Canterbury and at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, he began his career as a dramatist with Dido, Queen of Carthage (ca. 1587), with Thomas Nashe as co-author. His Tamburlaine the Great was performed in 1588 on a public stage at London by the Lord Admiral's Men and attracted much favorable attention. His other plays include The Jew of Malta, Edward II, The Massacre at Paris, and Doctor Faustus; the latter is probably his most important play. The dates and chronological order of his plays are un-certain. He led a disorderly life, being arrested and tried for manslaughter and forgery, and was accused both of planning to go over to the underground Catholic movement and of being an atheist. He was stabbed to death in a tavern brawl.

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  • Marlowe, Christopher — (1564 1593)    The son of a shoemaker, of Canterbury, Kent, he graduated B.A. in 1583 84 and M.A. in 1587 from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He went to London in 1587, where he became an actor and dramatist for the Lord Admiral s Company. As …   British and Irish poets

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  • MARLOWE, CHRISTOPHER —    English dramatist and poet, precursor of Shakespeare; son of a shoemaker at Canterbury; besides a love poem entitled Hero and Leander, he was the author of seven plays, Tamburlaine, in two parts, Doctor Faustus, The Jew of Malta, Edward the… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Marlowe,Christopher — Mar·lowe (märʹlō), Christopher. 1564 1593. English playwright and poet whose development of blank verse influenced Shakespeare. His plays include Tamburlaine the Great (c. 1587) and Edward II (c. 1592). * * * …   Universalium

  • Marlowe, Christopher — (bautizado 26 feb. 1564, Canterbury, Kent, Inglaterra–30 may. 1593, Deptford, cerca de Londres). Dramaturgo y poeta británico. Hijo de un zapatero de Canterbury, logró graduarse en la Universidad de Cambridge. En 1587 comenzó a escribir obras… …   Enciclopedia Universal

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