Park Honan's exciting new biography highlights Christopher Marlowe's dangerous career as a part-time spy, as well as his evolving relations, especially with Shakespeare. We see how his creative imagination helped to save him even among thugs, and brought him a brief, dazzling success. His street fights, friendships, so-called homosexuality, talk, and personal habits are in close focus. The book includes an ongoing murder-mystery, and sheds new light on Marlowe's killer and the fight at Deptford.
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