| 3.8/5 |
PR6052.U638 D42 1995
| Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
272 p. (hardcover and paperback)
Anthony Burgess books, Classical Studies books, Speculative fiction books
A Dead Man in Deptford (1993) was written late in Anthony Burgess's life, and is the last of his novels to be published during his lifetime.
It depicts the life and character of Christopher Marlowe, one of the greatest playwrights of the Elizabethan era.
A Dead Man in Deptford Wikipedia
Starting in Marlowe's youth, Burgess paints a detailed picture of Elizabethan England. Marlowe's life as a homosexual may have had difficult consequences, but these were perhaps not as great as those of being a classical playwright and spy for Queen Elizabeth. Early in his spying career, Marlowe is instrumental in the discovery of the Babington Plot, but is sickened by the execution of the conspirators.
Marlowe is portrayed as a secretive, solitary and eventually isolated person. Burgess explores his sexual addiction and passion for the theatre.