Christopher Marlowe

1564 - 1593

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Christopher Marlowe, also known as Kit Marlowe (; baptised 26 February 1564 – 30 May 1593), was an English playwright, poet, and translator of the Elizabethan era. Marlowe is among the most famous of the Elizabethan playwrights. Based upon the "many imitations" of his play Tamburlaine, modern scholars consider him to have been the foremost dramatist in London in the years just before his mysterious early death. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Christopher Marlowe has received more than 5,288,275 page views. His biography is available in 76 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 71 in 2019). Christopher Marlowe is the 498th most popular writer (down from 436th in 2019), the 350th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 338th in 2019) and the 38th most popular British Writer.

Christopher Marlowe is most famous for his plays, especially Dr. Faustus and The Jew of Malta. He is also known for his translations of Ovid's Metamorphoses and Lucan's Pharsalia.

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Notable Works

Edward the Second
Tamburlaine the Great
From one of England's greatest playwrights, a remarkably inventive and poetically expressive work that set the form for later Elizabethan dramas. The 2-part romantic tragedy focuses on Tamburlaine — a Mongol warrior whose relentless rise to greatness and power, together with his enormous greed and vanity, culminates in his eventual downfall.
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Doctor Faustus
The Jew of Malta
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Among writers, Christopher Marlowe ranks 498 out of 7,302Before him are Alessandro Manzoni, Eugene O'Neill, Muhammad Iqbal, Patricia Highsmith, George R. R. Martin, and G. K. Chesterton. After him are Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, Henri Barbusse, Gérard de Nerval, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Thomas Paine, and Baldassare Castiglione.

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Among people born in 1564, Christopher Marlowe ranks 4Before him are Galileo Galilei, William Shakespeare, and Pieter Brueghel the Younger. After him are William Adams, Paulo Miki, David Fabricius, Ahmad Sirhindi, Hans Leo Hassler, Francisco Pacheco, Henry Julius, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, and Federico Borromeo. Among people deceased in 1593, Christopher Marlowe ranks 2Before him is Giuseppe Arcimboldo. After him are Emperor Ōgimachi, Li Shizhen, Juan de Herrera, Jacques Amyot, Symon Budny, Maciej Stryjkowski, Xu Wei, Hans Bol, Louis III, Duke of Württemberg, and Abd al-Samad.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Christopher Marlowe ranks 350 out of 8,785Before him are Malcolm McDowell (1943), Chaim Herzog (1918), Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828), William Henry Bragg (1862), G. K. Chesterton (1874), and Angela Lansbury (1925). After him are Alan Bates (1934), Prince Andrew, Duke of York (1960), Thomas Paine (1737), Emma Thompson (1959), Richard Wright (1943), and Christopher Nolan (1970).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Christopher Marlowe ranks 38Before him are Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792), John Keats (1795), Graham Greene (1904), John Galsworthy (1867), Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828), and G. K. Chesterton (1874). After him are Thomas Paine (1737), Philip Larkin (1922), Anthony Burgess (1917), Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849), Harold Pinter (1930), and Robert Burns (1759).