Shakespeare’s collaborator… October 29, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
I’m fond of Shakespeare – though God knows the man has had so much projected on him after the fact in terms of meaning that he must contain multitudes. But perhaps the truth is I’m fond of Marlowe as well – though I didn’t realise it. For while I’m not often surprised by news this strikes me as genuinely newsworthy:
The long-held suggestion that Christopher Marlowe was William Shakespeare is now widely dismissed, along with other authorship theories. But Marlowe is enjoying the next best thing – taking centre stage alongside his great Elizabethan rival with a credit as co-writer of the three Henry VI plays.
The two dramatists will appear jointly on each of the three title pages of the plays within the New Oxford Shakespeare, a landmark project to be published by Oxford University Press this month.
Using old-fashioned scholarship and 21st-century computerised tools to analyse texts, the edition’s international scholars have contended that Shakespeare’s collaboration with other playwrights was far more extensive than has been realised until now.
Anyone else find this kind of remarkable?