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Christopher Marlowe –

the man who wrote Shakespeare

By John Barber

© John Barber 2012

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The essay that follows was submitted as an entry in 1997 for The Calvin and Rose G Hoffman Prize for Distinguished Publication on Christopher Marlowe.

I first heard of Calvin Hoffman in 1983 following a series of news articles published in the UK Guardian newspaper. Calvin Hoffman was at that time 75 and a retired American theatre critic. He was in the UK to further investigations into his belief that far from being killed in a pub brawl in Deptford in 1593 Christopher Marlowe was helped out of the country and from a place of exile continued to write plays which were published and performed under the authorship of William Shakespeare.

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