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Shakespearean Collaboration in Fictional Forms | Early Modern and Open Access

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Robert Sawyer, “Fabricated Lives’: Shakespearean Collaboration in Fictional Forms,” Journal of Early Modern Studies 5 (2016).


The essay examines fictionalized accounts of the collaboration between Shakespeare and his contemporaries, focusing on those that portray Christopher Marlowe as occasionally Shakespeare’s co-author. Beginning with two novels by Anthony Burgess, Nothing Like the Sun: A Story of Shakespeare’s Love-life (1964) and A Dead Man in Deptford (1994), I then look at Peter Whelan’s play, The School of Night (1992), before concluding with the filmShakespeare in Love (1998). By looking at these popularized renditions of collaboration and biography, I conclude that the more collaborative that the fictionalized work is in origin, the more positively it portrays such relationships in Shakespeare’s time.


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Lindsay Ann Reid is a regular contributor to The Scrivener and Early Modern and Open Access. She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and is a Lecturer in English at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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