Book Chapter

Booking Marlowe's Plays

D McInnis, Kirk Melnikoff, Roslyn L Knutson

Christopher Marlowe, Theatrical Commerce, and the Book Trade | Cambridge University Press | Published : 2018

Abstract

Critics often single out the plays of Christopher Marlowe for their originality and influence, especially in terms of how Marlowe’s ‘mighty line’ was received by playgoers or imitated by his contemporaries. This chapter considers the reception of Marlowe’s plays from another angle: the extent to which his work was excerpted and entered into a book -- that is, ‘booked’ -- by readers and writers. Despite the current interest in commonplacing and manuscripts, critics have not considered the ways in which Marlowe’s plays were recorded and used. Bringing together the already known sixteenth- and seventeenth-century excerpts from Marlowe’s drama (in print and manuscript) for the first time provide..

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