The Marlowe-Shakespeare Continuum: Christopher Marlowe and the Authorship of Early Shakespeare and Anonymous Plays (Second Edition)

For those who doubt that the actor from Stratford, William Shakspere, wrote the works of Shakespeare, the brilliant poet and playwright Christopher Marlowe has always been the professional candidate. In this book, which argues that a chronological approach is essential, Donna N. Murphy employs a variety of tools to document a Marlowe-Shakespeare continuum (with her proposed dates of first-version authorship) in The Taming of the Shrew, c. 1590; II and III Henry VI, c. 1590; Edward III c. 1590–1; Titus Andronicus c. 1591–3; Thomas of Woodstock c. 1593; Romeo and Juliet c. 1595–6; and I Henry IV, c. 1596–7. Her research firmly supports the theory that Christopher Marlowe, living on after he supposedly died, was the main hand behind the works of Shakespeare.


Donna N. Murphy is the author of The Mysterious Connection between Thomas Nashe, Thomas Dekker, and T. M., and co-winner of the 2010 Hoffman Prize for her entry on Christopher Marlowe. She works as a Management Analyst at the US State Department.

“Those who believe that Marlowe wrote the canon of Shakespeare have long maintained that the Shakespeare works drown in Marlowe’s voice and style, and even the staunchest Stratfordian scholars acknowledge Marlowe’s prodigious influence on Shakespeare. With The Marlowe-Shakespeare Continuum, Donna Murphy adds more fuel to the fire. She is a meticulous examiner of word juxtapositions and other similarities between Marlowe and Shakespeare. This is serious (and iconoclastic) scholarship, and a highly commendable and valuable contribution to authorship studies.”
Carlo DiNota
Publisher, The Marlowe-Shakespeare Connection blog

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ISBN: 1-4438-7770-0

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-7770-1

Release Date: 17th September 2015

Pages: 250

Price: £34.99

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