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Ros Barber
The Marlowe Papers - A Novel in Verse - Signed with promo bookmark - Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2013
Sceptre, 2012. 1st printing 1st. Hardcover. Fine/n/a. Signed by Author. Longlisted for "The Women's Prize for Fiction 2013" and Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2013 and the Hoffman Prize 2011 prior to publication. First UK edition/First Printing. SIGNED by author to title page. No d/w as on publication. Fine unread condition. Synopsis: On May 30th, 1593, a celebrated young playwright was killed in a tavern brawl in London. That, at least, was the official version. Now Christopher Marlowe reveals the truth: that his 'death' was an elaborate ruse to avoid being convicted of heresy; that he was spirited across the Channel to live on in lonely exile; that he continued to write plays and poetry, hiding behind the name of a colourless man from Stratford - one William Shakespeare. With the grip of a thriller and the emotional force of a sonnet, this remarkable novel in verse gives voice to a man who was brilliant, passionate and mercurial. A cobbler's son who counted nobles among his friends, a spy in the Queen's service, a fickle lover and a declared religious sceptic, he was always courting trouble. Memoir, love letter, confession, settling of accounts and a cry for recognition as the creator of some of the most sublime works in the English language, The Marlowe Papers brings Christopher Marlowe and his era to vivid life. Written by a poet and scholar, it is a work of exceptional art, erudition and imagination.
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