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Reading List

Reading List

Books Examining the Events in Deptford

Books Examining the Events in Deptford
The Death of Christopher Marlowe by J.L.Hotson

*The Death of Christopher Marlowe

  • Author: J.L.Hotson
  • Published: The Nonesuch Press / Harvard UP 1925; Kessinger Reproduction 2003
  • Details: Hard cover. 76pp. [Contents List]
  • ISBN: 0766129284 (Kessinger Reproduction)
  • Summary: Reveals Hotson's remarkable discovery of the Coroner's Inquisition report on Marlowe's death. First issue included a fold-out reproduction of the Inquisition Report.
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The Murder of the Man Who Was Shakespeare by Calvin Hoffman

The Murder of the Man Who Was Shakespeare

The Reckoning: The Murder of Christopher Marlowe by Charles Nicholl.

*The Reckoning: The Murder of Christopher Marlowe

  • Author: Charles Nicholl
  • Published: Jonathan Cape 1992; Vintage 2002.
  • Details: Paperback. 432pp.
  • ISBN: 0099437473
  • Summary: A detailed and well researched biography, culminating in Nicholl's own theory on Marlowe's death.
  • Reviews: National Review.
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Christopher Marlowe and Richard Baines by Roy Kendall

Christopher Marlowe and Richard Baines:
Journeys Through the Elizabethan Underworld

  • Author: Roy Kendall
  • Published: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press US, (distr. Associated University Press) 2004.
  • Details: Hard cover. 456pp.
  • ISBN: 0838639747
  • Reviews: Fairleigh Dickinson University.
  • Summary: Examines the activities and literary output of Marlowe in the years before Deptford, in relation to his association with Baines. Includes a biography of Baines.
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The Marlowe-Shakespeare Connection: A New Study of the Authorship Question by Samuel L. Blumenfeld

The Marlowe-Shakespeare Connection

  • Author: Samuel L. Blumenfeld
  • Published: McFarland & Company Inc. June 2008.
  • Details: Paperback. 368pp.
  • ISBN: 0786439025
  • Video: Watch Blumenfeld speak about his book.
  • Discussion: See the book's Blogspot.
  • 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]
  • Buy Online: BetterWorldBooks.
Marlowe's Ghost: The Blacklisting of the Man Who Was Shakespeare by Daryl Pinksen

Marlowe's Ghost: The Blacklisting of the Man Who Was Shakespeare

  • Author: Daryl Pinksen
  • Published: publishing. June 2008.
  • Details: Hard cover & paperback. 288pp.
  • ISBN: 0595711413 [HB]; 0595475140 [PB]
  • Website:
  • 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".
  • Buy Online: Hard cover: BetterWorldBooks; Hive; Wordery. Paperback: BetterWorldBooks; Hive; Wordery.
The Story That The Sonnets Tell by A.D.Wraight

*The Story That The Sonnets Tell

  • Author: A.D.Wraight
  • Published: Adam Hart 1995
  • Details: Hard cover. 585pp.
  • ISBN: 1897763018
  • Summary: Puts forward the theory that Marlowe's death at Deptford was faked, and his subsequent exile is the real story that the Sonnets tell.
  • Reviews: Marlowe Society
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The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber

*The Marlowe Papers

The Assassination of Christopher Marlowe by S.A.Tannenbaum

The Assassination of Christopher Marlowe

  • Author: S.A.Tannenbaum
  • Published: New York (Privately, 1928); English Studies 11; 152-3 Amsterdam 1929.
  • Summary: Puts forward the political conspiracy theory that Marlowe was assassinated by the government spy service.
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  • * Recommended as indispensible reading.
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