|"Alright, alright, I'll settle my tab. God, how sharper than|
a serpent's tooth it is to have an impatient bartender..."
-Marlowe in Shakespeare in Love, and yes, the whole
movie is like that. Shakespeare is basically Forest Gump
|Or to put it into SAT analogy terms:|
Marlowe is to Shakespeare as
Sega Genesis is to Super NES.
Yes, they had tortured artists back then too, both in the sense of emotional problems and in the literal sense of thumbscrews and the rack. Elizabethans were basically savages.
|Yeah, the culture that gave us Shakespeare also used to make|
bears and dogs murder each other for fun. Let that sink in...
|Pictured: Steve and Ellen Marlowe, looking|
disappointed in their son's choice of career.
|"Plagiarism? No, it was an homage..."|
-Alexander Pope, the
Shia LeBoeuf of his day
Based on comparisons with some of Marlowe's other works, the editors of The New Oxford edition of The Complete Works Of Shakespeare have decided to credit him with co-authorship on the three parts of Henry VI. Which is kind of a-huh? No, you're thinking of Henry V with Kenneth Branagh. That was totally good. This is Henry VI. It's, uh...well it's a trilogy which, in a surprising move is not as good as its prequels.
|Yes, I'm still picking on these movies and no, I will not move on.|
|"Because, like all writers, my dream|
was to die in obscurity. That's why."
Anyway, I suppose evidence suggesting that the two worked together on some plays would kind of make it difficult for them to be the same person. Unless he deliberately cultivated two different writing styles and then pretended to collaborate with himself as part of an elaborate scheme to throw future generations off the scent so that he can be remembered as the other playwright who was almost as good as Shakespeare...who is also him. Marlowe, you magnificent bastard, it looks like you got us.
|Batman pulled off something similar by dressing Robin up as Batman|
and then casually strolling in as Bruce Wayne. Of course he was motivated
by a desire not to get sued for property damage, so what's Marlowe's deal?