Summary: An excellent and impartial look at the Shakespearean Authorship Question, arguments for and against the Stratford man, and a detailed survey of the main (and minor) claimants, including Marlowe.
Reviews: Richmond Review; Shakespeare Oxford Society Newsletter; Francis Carr (Baconiana).
Summary: Undertake a comparative analysis with other literary biographies, and considers potential conflicts between biographical, personality, literary, dramatic, and cultural evidence. Not driven by allegiance to any candidate, this is a good introduction as to why doubts persist about the Stratford man as author.
Summary: Innovative Hoffman Prize winning novel written in blank verse. Marlowe ruefully recounts the details of his staged ‘death’ and lonely exile abroad that has left him pining for his true love, whilst continuing to write plays and poetry under a pseudonym.
Summary: Examines the events in Deptford and the fact that plays, “so undeniably similar to Marlowe’s” and yet attributed to Shakespeare, began to appear on the London stage shortly afterwards. Explores “the possibility that persecution of a writer who dared to question authority may have led to the greatest literary cover-up of all time”.
Summary: Offers “a daring solution” to the Authorship question; that Marlowe faked his own death at Deptford with help from the government, and continued writing under the pseudonym of Shakespeare. Includes two interesting illustrations of Marlowe and Shakespeare. [Table of Contents]
Summary: Very detailed biography posits some new information about Marlowe “masterfully fused from increments of factual evidence” which are “corroborated by surprising steganographic messages” found by Society member Ballantine in Marlowe’s work. [Read Excerpt]
Summary: Society member purports that Marlowe survived 1593 and 16 years later was aboard the flag-ship Sea Venture sunk off Bermuda, an experience used in The Tempest. Gamble also applies new evidence to decrypt the Sonnets’ Dedication. See also a Publisher’s Synopsis, plus Contents List and 2 chapter excerpt.