The Complete Works of Christopher Marlowe: Edward II

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Clarendon Press, Nov 3, 1994 - Drama - 150 pages
Marlowe's highly controversial Edward II concerns the conflicting claims of love and politics, the urgency of homoerotic desire, and the cruelty with which unscrupulous authority can exert control. The boldness with which the work confronts these issues makes it unique in the period, yet thisis the first critical edition of the play with full scholarly apparatus for twenty-five years. Richard Rowland's edition presents an old-spelling text which adheres more closely to the first quarto of 1594 than any edition hitherto. The present volume is the third in the Oxford English Texts Complete Works of Christopher Marlowe. A full commentary and introduction contextualize the play andgive an entirely original account of the relationship betweeen the play, Marlowe's own age, and events which immediately followed it. By re-examining textual cruces, new interpretative possibilities are opened up, and the play is related to the language and ideas of Marlowe's contemporaries. Agenerous selection from Holinshed, Marlowe's principal source, is also included. As critics and historians continue to debate attitudes to love, sexuality, and politics during the English Renaissance, this edition of Edward II extends that debate, offering a new understanding of the eroticism and violence of the play.

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Ovid (43 BC-17 AD) is one of the three canonical poets of Latin literature, alongside Virgil and Horace. Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) was an English dramatist, poet, and translator. Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) was a French artist and sculptor best known for his depictions of the human body.

The Very Reverend Richard W. Rowland was the Dean of Christ Church Cathedral at the time the book was originally published.