Was Kit Marlowe William Shakespeare?This subject has come up for centuries and many answers have come forth but does anyone really know for sure? Shakespeare never left England but his plays...

Was Kit Marlowe William Shakespeare?This subject has come up for centuries and many answers have come forth but does anyone really know for sure? Shakespeare never left England but his plays indicated that they were written by someone who had travelled to Europe and elsewhere. At his death, his wordly belongs where checked and there was nothing to indicate that he could read or write. what do you think?
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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To answer your question specifically: Although there are few public records documenting their lives, Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare were undoubtedly two different people. Marlowe was stabbed to death in May 1593, while Shakespeare ls known to have lived until 1616. Speculation will always live on concerning whether Marlowe (or someone else) wrote some or all of Shakespeare's plays and verse. However, it does appear that most of Shakespeare's accredited work was written after Marlowe's death.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think it’s interesting like the many conspiracy theories floating around out there. There is also a theory-- based upon word counts in some biblical books, with regard to the number of words, where they’re located, what words are used--that Shakespeare wrote part of the Bible.

alohabear | Student

There is still the question of Marlowe's death.  the medical report stated that he was stabbed in the eye which will not have killed him.  could someone else been substituted for him and he went on a secret mission elsewhere?  he was a spy for Elizabeth.  there have been a number of books written about Marlowe but none of them seem to agree.  can anyone recommend an authortive book about him?  does anyone know if the Marolowe Society here in the USA is still active?  have a nice day!