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Reading List

Editions of Marlowe's Plays

Editions of Marlowe's Plays
Tamburlaine Parts I and II (Ed. J.S.Cunningham)

Tamburlaine Parts I and II

  • Editor: J.S.Cunningham (Revels Plays Series)
  • Published: Manchester University Press 1999.
  • Details: Paperback. 338pp.
  • ISBN: 071903096X
  • Summary: Fully annotated scholarly edition. Intro covers critical aspects, text, source, dating, "Machiavellian" ideas, sensational violence.
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Tamburlaine Parts I and II (Ed. Anthony B. Dawson)

Tamburlaine Parts I and II

  • Editor: Anthony B. Dawson (New Mermaids Series)
  • Published: A&C Black 2003.
  • Details: Paperback. 174pp.
  • ISBN: 0713668148
  • Summary: Fully annotated edition. Intro contains brief biog, critical intro, & discussion of dates and sources.
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The Jew of Malta (Ed. N.W.Bawcutt)

The Jew of Malta

  • Editor: N.W.Bawcutt (Revels Plays Series)
  • Published: Manchester University Press 1981.
  • Details: Paperback. 224pp.
  • ISBN: 0719016185
  • Summary: Fully annotated scholarly edition. Intro includes a discussion of Marlowe's knowledge of Mediterranean history, and consideration of Elizabethan Machiavellianism.
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The Jew of Malta (Ed. James R. Siemon)

The Jew of Malta

  • Editor: James R. Siemon (New Mermaids Series)
  • Published: A&C Black 2002.
  • Details: Paperback. 118pp.
  • ISBN: 0393900703
  • Summary: Fully annotated new edition. Intro covers usual aspects, and looks at the play's topical concern with international politics.
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Edward II (Ed. Charles R. Forker)

Edward II

  • Editor: Charles R. Forker (Revels Plays Series)
  • Published: Manchester University Press 1995.
  • Details: Paperback. 384pp.
  • ISBN: 0719030897
  • Summary: Includes: an analysis of the first quarto; dating; the play's relation to the Shakespearean histories; sources; a five-act structure; sexual politics; full stage history; collation of some 46 editions.
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Edward II (Ed. Martin Wiggins, Robert Lindsey)

Edward II

  • Editor: Martin Wiggins, Robert Lindsey (New Mermaids Series)
  • Published: A&C Black 2005.
  • Details: Paperback. 172pp.
  • ISBN: 0393900835
  • Summary: Fully annotated new edition. Intro covers usual aspects, as well as how the play deals with sexuality, politics, and cruelty.
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Doctor Faustus: A-and B-texts (Ed. David Bevington, Eric Rasmussen)

Doctor Faustus: A-and B-texts

  • Editors: David Bevington, Eric Rasmussen (Revels Plays Series)
  • Published: Manchester University Press 1993.
  • Details: Paperback. 320pp.
  • ISBN: 0719016436
  • Summary: A- and B-Texts conflated with detailed notes and good intro. These editors come down on the side of the A-Text.
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Doctor Faustus (Ed. Roma Gill)

*Doctor Faustus (A-Text)

  • Editor: Roma Gill (New Mermaids Series)
  • Published: A&C Black 2003
  • Details: Paperback. 110pp.
  • ISBN: 0713667907
  • Summary: Based on the A-Text with detailed textual notes. Plus a good intro covering dating, textual history, plus dramatic and theatrical aspects.
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Doctor Faustus 1604-1616: Parallel Texts by W.W.Greg

Doctor Faustus 1604-1616: Parallel Texts

  • Author: W.W.Greg
  • Published: Oxford University Press 1950.
  • Details: Hard cover. 408pp.
  • Summary: Greg lays out the A- and B-Texts on facing pages. A detailed assessment of the respective texts and their differences leads Greg to posit the B-Text as being probably closer to Marlowe's original script, a conclusion recently challenged by Bevington, Rasmussen and others.
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Faustus: After Christopher Marlowe by Rupert Goold and Ben Power

Faustus: After Christopher Marlowe

  • Authors: Rupert Goold and Ben Power
  • Published: Nick Hern Books Jan 2008.
  • Details: Paperback. 224pp.
  • ISBN: 1854595733
  • Reviews: See Newsletter 28.
  • Summary: Text of the 2006 Headlong production at the Hampstead Theatre, London, which interweaved Marlowe's classic play with BritArt bad boys the Chapman brothers to great effect.
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Dido, Queen of Carthage

Dido, Queen of Carthage,

  • Editor: Unknown (Revels Plays Series)
  • Published: Methuen Young Books 1974.
  • Details: Paperback. 164pp.
  • ISBN: 0416820808
  • Reference: Literary Encyclopedia
  • Summary: One of Marlowe's least performed plays, perhaps written whilst still at Cambridge, dramatising the story of Dido and Aeneas from Virgil's Aeneid.
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The Massacre at Paris by Christopher Marlowe

The Massacre at Paris

  • Author: Christopher Marlowe
  • Published: Kessinger Publishing 2004.
  • Details: Paperback. 68pp.
  • ISBN: 141913311X
  • Reference: Literary Encyclopedia
  • Summary: The text of the Massacre at Paris is only extant via a single, undated and corrupt quarto, too short for a complete play.
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Dido Queen of Carthage and The Massacre at Paris (Ed. H. J. Oliver)

Dido Queen of Carthage and The Massacre at Paris

  • Editor: H. J. Oliver (Revels Plays Series)
  • Published: Methuen & Co. Ltd 1968.
  • Details: Paperback. 187pp.
  • SBN: 416820808
  • Summary: The texts of Marlowe's two least performed plays with detailed annotations and introductions covering date, textual and staging history, sources, and interpretation. Includes facsimile and transcript of the Folger manuscript leaf.
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  • * Recommended as indispensible reading.