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The Marlowe-Shakespeare Continuum
Coming soon! The revised, second edition, in hardcover and paperback:
The Marlowe-Shakespeare Continuum: Christopher Marlowe and the Authorship of Early Shakespeare and Anonymous Plays

By Donna N. Murphy

In The Marlowe-Shakespeare Continuum, 2013, and its soon-to-be-released, revised second edition, 2015, Donna N. Murphy demonstrates how Christopher Marlowe appears to have “become” Shakespeare on the basis of linguistic and other evidence. She proposes that Marlowe's was the main hand behind--in chronological order of the initial penning--II Henry VI, The Taming of a Shrew, III Henry VI (shortly before or after The Taming of a Shrew), Edward III, Titus Andronicus, Thomas of Woodstock, Romeo and Juliet, and I Henry IV. Those who read Murphy’s book with an open mind are likely to find her work surprisingly convincing.

"Through a mountain of meticulously documented Matches, Near Matches, Rare Scattered Word Clusters, Image Clusters, and other parallels drawn from EEBO—the Early English Books Online database—as well as logic and biographical connections, she makes a compelling case. The Marlowe-Shakespeare Continuum will forever change the way we regard literary giant Christopher Marlowe as well as the Shakespeare authorship question."

--Alex Jack, editor of Hamlet and As You Like It, and founder of www.christophermarlowe.org.

the first thirty pages of The Marlowe-Shakespeare Continuum.

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Read the works Murphy discusses in The Marlowe-Shakespeare Continuum:

Read Christopher Marlowe's works at
Peter Farey's Marlowe Page

Read Thomas Nashe's works at The Oxford Authorship site

Read Thomas Dekker's works at

Read William Shakespeare's works at

Read the anonymous plays Murphy discusses in The Marlowe-Shakespeare Continuum:

1. Caesar's Revenge. Read the play at the
University of Virginia

2. The First Part of the Contention Betwixt the Two Famous Houses of York and Lancaster (early quarto version of II Henry VI). Read the play at
John Baker's former website via the Wayback Machine

3. The True Tragedy of Richard Duke of York (early octavo version of III Henry VI). Read the play at
John Baker's former website via the Wayback Machine

4. The Taming of a Shrew. Read the play at
John Baker's former website via the Wayback Machine

5. Thomas of Woodstock. Read the play at
Justin Alexander's site

6. Edward III. Read the play at
Cynthia Morgan's site

The Marlowe-Shakespeare Continuum
The Mysterious Connection
Copyright 2014 by Donna N. Murphy