"Did Christopher Marlowe write Shakespeare's plays?"
© DARYL PINKSEN 2011
". . . what if Marlowe did not perish in 1593? And what if, since he stood accused of atheism, blasphemy, and treason, it was impossible for him to publish work under his own name? And what if Marlowe were the victim of the worst form of literary blacklisting, in real fear for his life, writing and publishing in secret? Perhaps, if he had survived, he would not have been a rival of Shakespeare—he would have been 'Shakespeare.'"
from Marlowe's Ghost Chapter 1
"Marlowe’s Ghost is not the first to make these claims, but it makes a strong case. . . . Pinksen. . . has written a good book on a difficult topic, one that is usually ignored by traditional English departments. Recommended for anyone with an interest in the Elizabethan period and its literature." 4 stars (out of 5) James DenBoerForeword, Clarion Review
"It’s difficult to fathom just how far the implications of overturning the Shakespeare legacy might extend, but Pinksen makes a compelling argument based on both historical and literary evidence, and presents it in a well-documented, accessible manner. A worthy take on the fascinating debate over Shakespeare’s true identity." Kirkus Discoveries Review
"In many ways [Marlowe's Ghost] can be thought of as a companion to my documentary, as a source of further reading for anyone who’s seen my film and would like to know more." Mike Rubbo, Director, Much Ado About Something
"The complete book makes a highly readable story, full of interesting unusual insights. For me the greatest of these is the explanation, rarely emphasised elsewhere, of how it was possible for Shakespeare to have been accepted as author if he was no more than a front man for Marlowe, supposed dead." Roger Hards, Editor, The Marlowe Society. Newsletter 31
"It was hard to shake the image of a balding, goateed playwright from my mind, but this author finally convinced me to do so in his chapter "Sonnets of Exile." If the Sonnets are as autobiographical as scholars purport them to be, they must have been written by Marlowe, not the businessman from Stratford." E.A. Lovitt, Top 50 Amazon Reviewer
"Either way, this is a book authors considering self-publishing should buy as a reference if they want to study technique and layout of the book itself. . . . I thoroughly enjoyed the book, learned a lot from it, and will definitely be sharing it with others. And as for Marlowe, all preconceived notions I had of Shakespeare, before reading this book, have just been thrown out the window." Sharon Yarbrough, The LL Book Review
© DARYL PINKSEN 2011