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Marlowe Papers Paperback – 21 January 2014

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  • Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin (21 January 2014)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 445 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1250044804
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1250044808
  • Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.95 x 21.59 cm
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"A remarkable book. It is also a brave one...Barber conjures up some beautifully realized scenes." --New York Times Book Review

"With the screw-tightening verve of a great thriller and the romantic pull of Renaissance poetry, the novel -- which purports that Marlowe is the true author of William Shakespeare's legendary oeuvre -- is a gripping, lyrical, most unlikely page-turner." --American Way

"Lush, inspired and provocative, this spellbinding dossier conjures up a bewitching Marlowe." --Kirkus

"Marlowe meets fascinating characters, sneaky spies and counterfeiters, gifted poets and playwrights, self-serving noblemen and vicious gutter-snipes. Barber's vivid portrayal of filthy, stinking London, the horror of the plague, the rampant and bloody religious intolerance, and the squalid daily life of 16th-century Europe are accurate and convincing." --Publishers Weekly

"A must-read for anyone interested in Marlowe, William Shakespeare or 16th-century English history . . . The writing is superb, the plot moves quickly and Marlowe's story is compelling. An award-winning, highly original novel in verse about the life of Christopher Marlowe--even after the world believed him dead." --Shelf Awareness

"A damn fine book . . . Barber's focus is to tell a story through gorgeous verse." --The Common

"Terrifically accomplished and enjoyable . . . restores one's faith in English fiction." --Fay Weldon

"Searing poetry meets compelling narrative in a historical tour de force that had me ripping through the pages. My only complaint is that everything else I read for a while now will, I fear, suffer by comparison." --Robyn Young, author of The Fall of the Templars and Brethren

"For me personally, this is the most complete Marlowe I've ever encountered." --Will Self, author of Umbrella

"A story of ambition, infamy, beer, cunning, facepaint, red herrings, knives, and pen and paper, [The Marlowe Papers] is not only an homage to Marlowe but a celebration of poetry - and of its power to allow the dead to speak." --Blake Morrison, author of And When Did You Last See Your Father?

"The best book I've read for a long time. Truly innovative, truly original, and a powerful poetic journey to another truth. Ros Barber has told a great story, in a fascinating way, so fascinating that she had someone like me gripped to the very end. This really is a joy to read and a true work of art." --Benjamin Zephaniah, author of Gangsta Boy and Face

"The Marlowe Papers is a bravura performance: a noir thriller in doublet and hose. The life of Kit Marlowe, the baddest boy of English Literature, is great fare for any writer. There's espionage and sex; murder and treachery; and, this being England, a healthy dose of cross-dressing. And Barber serves it, steaming hot." --Simon Worrall, author of The Poet and The Murderer

"Combines historical erudition with a sharply satisfying read. Marlowe's passion infects the page; Barber's skill draws the fever." --The Independent (UK)

"The Marlowe Papers is the best read, so far, this year." --The Sunday Express

About the Author

ROS BARBER was born in Washington, DC and raised in England. She is the author of three poetry collections and her poetry has appeared in Poetry Review, London Magazine, The Guardian among many other publications. Ros has a PhD in Marlowe studies and has taught writing at The University of Sussex for more than a decade. In 2011, she was awarded the prestigious Hoffman Prize for The Marlowe Papers. She lives in Brighton, England.

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