The University Wits and Christopher Marlowe: The Biography of Christopher Marlowe

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The University Wits

(wits its means intelligent)

  • These young men were associated with oxford and Cambridge
  • Did much to found the Elizabethan school of drama
  • They were all more rless acquainted with each other

Those Men

  • George peeled Robert Greene
  • Thomas lodge
  • Christopher Marlowe
  • Thomas Nash
  • Thomas kyd
  • Lyly

The Biography of Christopher Marlowe

  • Father - john Marlowe (shoemaker)
  • Mother Catherine
  • Baptism date - 26 feb 1564
  • Education - at kings school Canterbury ba at Cambridge (1584)
  • Ma (1587)

Secret Agent (Spy)

  • No direct evidence supports this theory, but the councils letter clearly suggests that Marlowe was serving the government in some secret capacity
  • After ma Marlowe moved to London and took up writing as full time

His Life Drawback

  • His sudden death
  • His death is mystery

His Perfection and Variety of Scope Have Strong Influence in the Dramatic Works

Therefore, he rightly called as:

  • Father of English tragedy drama
  • Morning star of English tragedy drama
  • The creator of English verse
  • Ben Johnson coined the phrase
  • ″ Marlowe՚s mighty line

His Works

  • Tragedy of dido , queen of cartage
  • Tamburlaine
  • Jew of Malta
  • Doctor Faustus
  • Edward -2
  • Massacre at Paris
  • (unfinished work)


  • The passionate shepherd to his love
  • Hero and Leander
  • (unfinished work)

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