What Do I Read Next?
Doctor Faustusf (1593) is Marlowe's best known and most frequently performed play. This play focuses on a doctor who sells his soul to the devil in an attempt to learn all the knowledge known to man.
A Dead Man in Deptford (1996), by Anthony Burgess, is a fictionalized account of Marlowe's life that emphasizes the dramatic events, including the accusations of murder and spying that circulated while Marlowe was still alive. Burgess also explores the rumors of assassination and political intrigue that surrounded Marlowe.
The Reckoning: The Murder of Christopher Marlowe (1995), by Charles Nicholl, is a fictionalized account of Marlowe's murder. There is little emphasis on Marlowe as a writer, but Nicholl does a nice job of recreating the world of Elizabethan spies and conspiracies.
The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, was first presented in 1596. This play likewise involves betrayal and deceit, but it is interesting in another respect because the ending creates many questions about the definition of comedy. A complete moral resolution is missing, but in the case of this Shakespearean play, the plot raises many complicated questions about prejudice and honesty.
Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Miller's Tale" is a parable about greed. As he did elsewhere in his Canterbury Tales, written in 1387, Chaucer uses an old man's greed and lust to reveal the vulnerability of men.
The Cambridge Cultural History: Sixteenth-Century Britain (1992), edited by Boris Ford, provides an accessible history of sixteenth-century life, including: cultural and social life, architecture, literature, music, art, and Renaissance gardens.