The Collected Poems of Christopher Marlowe / Edition 1

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This unique anthology offers a more comprehensive look at the poems of Christopher Marlowe, England's first great poet and playwright, than any other volume currently in print. Bringing together the complete body of Marlowe's poetry--including Ovid's Elegies, "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love," Lucan's First Book, Hero and Leander, and a Latin epitaph on the jurist Sir Roger Manwood--the book also incorporates related works by other writers. These ancillary selections include Sir John Davies's Epigrams, Renaissance response poems to "The Passionate Shepherd," and continuations of Hero and Leander by George Chapman and Henry Petowe. By presenting Marlowe's works in the collaborative literary context of Renaissance England, the editors reveal his considerable influence on the literature of that period and on future writings. Patrick Cheney, a leading authority on Marlowe's work, provides a clear, informed, and in-depth introduction that is firmly grounded in modern criticism and current scholarship, while classical and Renaissance scholar Brian J. Striar offers a helpful exploration of the practice of verse translation in Marlowe's work. Extensive annotations throughout give readers background on both the individual poems and on the cultural context in which they were produced. Ideal for courses in Renaissance poetry, The Collected Poems of Christopher Marlowe is an essential resource for students and other readers striving to understand Marlowe's role as a pioneering poet-playwright.
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Editorial Reviews

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Advance Praise: "The selection of materials constitutes the real brilliance of the book. The Marlowe texts are complete and finely edited and annotated, but including the non-Marlovian materials was a stroke of genius."--Patrick Cook, George Washington University

"The chronology is sound, the scholarship first-rate, and the introduction informed, historical, and theoretical. . . . The notes are in a class of their own--scholarly, rigorous, illuminating, precise, revelatory."--Mark Thornton Burnett, Queen's University, Belfast

"The editors have done a wonderful job of contextualizing Marlowe's various accomplishments and contributions to poetry. The introduction is a model of the form. Not only does it offer wonderful readings of Marlowe's poetic works--I learned something of value about each of the poems, even those I regularly teach--but it also organizes them into a coherent narrative."--Michael Schoenfeldt, University of Michigan

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195147773
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/10/2005
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

The Pennsylvania State University

University of North Florida

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Authorship in Marlowe's Poems, Patrick Cheney
The Edition
Marlowe as an Elizabethan Poet
Ovid's Elegies
Davies's Epigrams
"The Passionate Shepherd to His Love"
Lucan's First Book
Hero and Leander
Chapman's Continuation
Petowe's Continuation
The Manwood Epitaph
The Dedicatory Epistle to Mary Sidney Herbert
A Note on Marlowe and Translation, Brian J. Striar
Reading List
Note on the Text
Marlowe's Poems
Ovid's Elegies
Sir John Davies, Epigrams
"The Passionate Shepherd to His Love"
From England's Helicon (1600)
From The Passionate Pilgrim (1599)
Sir Walter Raleigh, "The Nymph's Reply"
Anonymous, "Another of the Same Nature, Made Since"
John Donne, "The Bait"
From Marlowe, The Jew of Malta (4.2.99-109)
From William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor (3.1.8-35)
J. Paulin, "Love's Contentment"
Robert Herrick, "To Phillis to love, and live with him"
Lucan's First Book
Hero and Leander
George Chapman, Continuation of Hero and Leander
Henry Petowe, The Second Part of Hero and Leander, Containing their Further Fortunes
Epitaph on Sir Roger Manwood
In obitum honoratissimi viri Rogeri Manwood militis quaestorii Reginalis Capitalis Baronis
"On the death of the most honorable man Roger Manwood, the military attorney and baron of the Queen's Exchequer," translated by Brian J. Striar
The Dedicatory Epistle to Mary Sidney Herbert
Illustrissiame Heroinae ominbus & animi, & corporis dotibus ornatissimae, Mariae Penbrokiae Comitissae
"To the Most Illustrious Woman, adorned with all gifts of mind and body, Mary, Countess of Pembroke," translated by Brian J. Striar

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