- Buy this item and get 90 days Free Amazon Music Unlimited. After purchase you will receive an email with further information. Offer valid for a limited time only. Terms and Conditions apply.” Learn more here.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $4.95 delivery
+ FREE Delivery
Marlowe Papers Paperback – 21 January 2014
|New from||Used from|
|Paperback, 21 January 2014||
Amazon Global Store
Amazon Global Store
Special offers and product promotions
Frequently bought together
- 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
- Customer Reviews:
"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
Review this product
Top reviews from other countries
Perhaps I should have read the blurb more carefully because like other reviewers I was a little taken back when I opened the book and found it entirely in verse. But I took on the challenge and made it to the end.
I won't write at length about the rights and wrongs of whether Marlowe was Shakespeare etc. I read the book for what it was...another viewpoint.
Not everyone's cup of tea but for those who enjoy something a little more challenging then perfect.
Nevertheless, Barber's account of Marlowe's character and attitudes - and of the milieu he lived in - is moving and convincing and v. sexy - and I loved the fact that the book is written entirely in loose verse (sonnet?) form.