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Marlowe’s Ghost: The Second Report of Doctor John Faustus

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This chapter concerns with the ghost of Christopher Marlowe; but ghosts are notoriously difficult to see clearly, and Greene's frequent and prominent posthumous appearances will help bring Marlowe's more elusive spirit into better focus. The author suggests that Marlowe's ghost also achieved a substantial presence on paper, in the form of an anonymous narrative printed less than a year after his murder, The Second Report of Doctor John Faustus. He also suggests that some of the details in it got mixed up with the theatrical legends surrounding his most scandalous play, Doctor Faustus, so that boundaries between truth and fiction, the theatre and the written page became blurred in a way that the author of the Second Report would no doubt have found deeply satisfying.

Keywords:Christopher Marlowe; Doctor John Faustus; ghost; scandalous play



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