Tag Archives: Christopher Marlowe

Happy Birthday, Niccolò Machiavelli: “Fear and the absence of hatred may go well together.”

Prologue, The Jew of Malta, by Christopher Marlowe, written in 1589. Machiavelli died in 1527. You can see his posthumous reputation had ballooned, just 60 years after his death. Enter MACHIAVEL. MACHIAVEL. Albeit the world think Machiavel is dead, Yet … Continue reading

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“For I, the chiefest lamp of all the earth…” — Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine

Maybe this is him. I’m armed with more than complete steel, The justice of my quarrel. — Christopher Marlowe, Lust’s Dominion. Act iii. Sc. 4. Playwright, poet, prodigy, agent in Her Majesty’s secret service: the incomparable Christopher Marlowe was born … Continue reading

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2018 Books Read

2018 Books Read 1. Tamburlaine, Part 1, by Christopher Marlowe I finished 2017 with Paradise Lost, in the mood to continue with rigorous challenging poetry. I decided to read the complete plays of Christopher Marlowe (re-read in most cases). The … Continue reading

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More Stuff I’ve Been Reading

— This is a really interesting piece by Christina Marie Newland – about a world I really know nothing about, but she’s a good guide. The Rise And Fall And Rise Of Tyson Fury, Boxing’s Most Dangerous Man — This … Continue reading

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Bookshelf Tour #6

More plays! First up: the essential two volumes of Paddy Chayefsky’s stuff (and there’s still more out there). The Stage Plays and The Collected Works of Paddy Chayefsky: The Television Plays. He’s so good for acting classes, both his plays, … Continue reading

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2015 Books Read

Even I am impressed with how much I read this year. Along the course of the year, occasionally I’d think to myself, “Good job, Sheila, with your Self-Imposed Reading Plan!” I’ve read a lot of new novels (not really my … Continue reading

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The Books: The Redress of Poetry; ‘Extending the Alphabet: On Christopher Marlowe’s “Hero and Leander”,’ by Seamus Heaney

On the essays shelf (yes, there are still more books to excerpt in my vast library. I can’t seem to stop this excerpts-from-my-library project. I started it in 2006!) NEXT BOOK: Seamus Heaney’s The Redress of Poetry. In re-reading this … Continue reading

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On This Day: February, 6, 1564

Playwright, poet, prodigy, agent in Her Majesty’s secret service: the incomparable Christopher Marlowe was born on this day. (this 1585 portrait is widely thought to be of Marlowe) Marlowe was accused of putting atheistic ideas into his plays, and was … Continue reading

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The Books: “Tamburlaine” (Christopher Marlowe)

Next script on my script shelf: Tamburlaine the Great by the marvelous Christopher Marlowe. Marlowe fascinates, intrigues. There’s a new biography of him out, and I want to read it. Here’s an excerpt from Act IV, scene 2 of his … Continue reading

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Marlowe: “a burning glass to set on fire all his readers”

There’s a new biography of Christopher Marlowe out – by David Riggs – and here’s a review of it by Daniel Swift (thanks, E-verse newsletter!). The review opens with: Christopher Marlowe’s life was short, sharp and irresistible. His fame rests … Continue reading

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