James Shapiro, 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, is the first heavyweight Shakespeare scholar to devote an entire book to the authorship issue. Read my take on Shapiro's book at The Marlowe-Shakespeare Connection.
Who really wrote some of William Shakespeare's plays? A local author has won an international award for his book on that topic... and he dropped by the studio to talk about it. (Jeff Gilhooly with Daryl Pinksen)
Marlowe's Ghost has been chosen as the Grand Prize Winner of the 17th Annual Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Awards, beating out over 2000 other entries. A feature article will appear in the April 2010 print edition of Writer's Digest, with a longer article featured online.
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On the morning of May 30, 1593, Christopher Marlowe met with three associates in the English intelligence network. Days earlier, a list of charges against him that included heresy, blasphemy and treason had been delivered to the Privy Council. Later that evening, the Queen's Coroner was summoned to their meeting place. A body lay on the floor. After an inquest, the dead man was taken to a nearby churchyard busy at the time receiving victims of the plague. According to the official report, England's foremost playwright was interred without fanfare or marker. Soon, plays attributed to William Shakespeare began to appear on the London stage, plays so undeniably similar to Marlowe's that noted scholars have since declared that Shakespeare wrote as if he had been Marlowe's apprentice. Marlowe's Ghost explores the possibility that persecution of a writer who dared to question authority may have led to the greatest literary cover-up of all time.
Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Awards - Grand Prize Winner . . . . . . . .Independent Publisher Book Awards - Bronze Medallist, Best Regional Non-fiction, Canada (East) . . . . . . . . . . . "A worthy take on the fascinating debate over Shakespeare’s true identity." Kirkus Discoveries Review. . . . . . . . . . "Marlowe’s Ghost . . . makes a strong case." Foreword, Clarion Review