Our Belief is that Christopher Marlowe––in his day
England's greatest playwright––did not die in 1593
but survived to write most of what is now assumed
to be the work of William Shakespeare.
Our Plan is to present accurate information and
well-reasoned argument related to this belief.
Our Aim is to have this theory accepted by
Shakespearean scholars and others as the only
plausible alternative to the traditional "Stratfordian"
About this Website
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Who was Christopher
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What do Shakespeare
scholars say about Marlowe?
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Marlowe's influence in the Shakespeare
Is there a problem with
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IMSS are skeptical that Shakespeare
was a writer.
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The Marlowe Papers
A novel in verse by Ros Barber
THE NEW YORK TIMES, JANUARY
Exiting the Stage ‘The
Marlowe Papers,’ by Ros
"As a sustained exercise in nuanced
poetic narrative this is a remarkable
book. It is also a brave one."
BY CHARLES NICHOLL
THE INDEPENDENT, SEPTEMBER
The Marlowe Papers, by Ros
"Marlowe's passion infects the page;
Barber's skill draws the fever."
BY JAMES URQUHART
TIME OUT LONDON JUNE 13, 2012
Review of the Marlowe Papers
" . . . exquisitely poetic descriptions and
turns of phrase worthy of the Bard
himself, whoever he was."
BY DAVID CLACK
THE TELEGRAPH MAY 24, 2012
The Marlowe Papers by Ros
'The Marlowe Papers' is Ros Barber's
uplifting verse reimagining of the life of
BY ADAM O'RIORDAN
THE GUARDIAN: THE OBSERVER,
MAY 20, 2012
Debut author Ros Barber:
The poet's first novel brings to light the
theory that Christopher
Marlowe survived and penned
BY GEMMA KAPPALA-RAMSAMY
EXPRESS.CO.UK, MAY 20, 2012
BOOKS: THE MARLOWE PAPERS
ROS BARBER'S remarkable book
about Christopher Marlowe is many
things. It is a historic novel, an interesting
if contentious theory and a mystery. . . .
The Marlowe Papers is the best
read, so far, this year.
BY MARTIN NEWELL
FINANCIAL TIMES MAY 19, 2012
The Marlowe Papers: A Novel
It's enough to strike despair into the heart
of James Shapiro, author of Contested
Will, as well as the hearts of all the other
Shakespeare experts who refute the so-
called "authorship controversy."
BY SUZI FEAY
THE GUARDIAN, MAY 10, 2012
The Marlowe Papers: Playing
Poetically with the
Literary dialogue comes in many forms –
webs of allusion, reference and literary
homage. And Ros Barber's new novel
The Marlowe Papers takes this
conversation to another level.
ROBERT MCCRUM on Books
Reviews from Amazon.co.uk
'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
-- Benjamin Zephaniah
'This terrifically accomplished and enjoyable
novel/play/poem, call it what you like, restores
one's faith in English fiction.'
-- Fay Weldon
'A rare find indeed - searing poetry meets
compelling narrative in a historical tour de force
that had me ripping through the pages.'
-- Robyn Young
'now that I've reached the end I want to go back
and read it all again...Written in Marlowe's voice
the reader doesn't need to know his work or that
of Shakespeare to enjoy the book and relish the
accomplishment of the author...The proof copy I
read is already battered with rereading. I will be
buying myself a hardback copy when it comes
out. Don't buy it on an e-reader, buy a proper
copy and hold it lovingly as you read.'
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