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The Marlowe Papers - Ros Barber

The Marlowe Papers - Ros Barber

Author:  Ros Barber

ISBN:  9781444737387

Weight:  990g

Signed and dated
first edition, first printing



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The Marlowe Papers – Ros Barber

An outstanding verse novel, which recreates the dramatic story of Christopher Marlowe’s life and shows how he could have written the works attributed to Shakespeare.

On May 30th, 1593, a celebrated young playwright was killed in a tavern brawl in London.  That, at least, was the official version.  Now let Christopher Marlowe tell you the truth: that his ‘death’ was an elaborate ruse to avoid his being hanged for heresy; that he was spirited across the channel to live on in lonely exile, longing for his true love and pining for the damp streets of London; 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 extraordinary novel in verse gives voice to a man who was brilliant, passionate, mercurial and not altogether trustworthy.  The son of a cobbler who rose so far in Elizabethan society that he counted nobles among his friends and patrons, a spy in the Queen’s service, a fickle lover and a declared religious sceptic, he was always courting trouble.  When it caught up with him, he was lucky to have connections powerful enough to help him escape.

Memoir, love letter, settling of accounts and a cry for recognition as the creator of some of the most sublime works in the English language, this is Christopher Marlowe’s testament – and a tour de force by an award-winning poet: provocative, persuasive and enthralling.

The Marlowe Papers thunders along like an episode of some Elizabethan 24.

Jonathan Barnes, Author of The Somnambulist (Literary Review – Aug 2012)

Bibliographic Data
Title:The Marlowe Papers
Book Features
Edition features:Ros Barber’s website gives the publication date of The Marlowe Papers as 30 May (2012) and this is the date written in this copy.  The date is significant in that Christopher Marlowe died on the 30 May (1593).  As such, it seems the plan was to release the book so that the day and month matched.  However, the plan seems to have gone amiss as Sceptre lists the book as coming out some six days earlier on the 24 May!
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Book features:Light grey bare boards with ‘rough-cut’ edges decorated with a copper and gold coloured design; beige cloth-effect spine cover with the author and title text in brown.  Endpapers printed with a map of London (1593), copper coloured decorative head and tail bands.
Overall condition:Very Fine
Signed:Yes – on the title page
Dated:Yes – 30 May 2012
Book Stats
Publisher:Hodder & Stoughton
Awards and prizes:Shortlisted for the 2013 Desmond Elliott Prize,
Longlisted for the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize)
Publication date:
Printed by:Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13:9781444737387
ISBN 10:1444737384
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
H x W x D:210 x 162 x 40mm
Design Credits
Cover illustration:Jon Contino
Endpaper map:John Norden

Collectors Notes

  • The Marlowe Papers is longlisted for the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize).
  • For more information, you might like to visit Ros Barber’s website.  This is a rich source of info on her life, books and future projects.

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