Christopher Marlowe given credit as Shakespeare collaborator

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first_imgHe has long been classed as one of William Shakespeare’s major rivals and influences, but scholars now believe Christopher Marlowe’s links with the Bard run even deeper.The Elizabethan playwright is to be given credit as a co-writer of the Henry VI plays in a new Oxford University Press edition of Shakespeare’s work.Marlowe, who is famed for penning Doctor Faustus, was suspected to have been involved in writing the three parts of Henry VI as early as the 18th century. Shakespeare  However until now he has not received joint credit for the plays in an edition of Shakespeare’s collected works.The forthcoming edition of the New Oxford Shakespeare reflects research by academics using modern computerised tools, which suggest that Shakespeare worked alongside other writers more often than previously thought.The research, by 23 scholars, identified 17 of 44 Shakespeare plays as being co-written by other authors. In contrast, in 1986 the collected works suggested eight of 39 plays were collaborative. The New Oxford Shakespeare is published 27 October, £295 for full set. Via @OUPAcademic— Shakespeare Magazine (@UKShakespeare) July 19, 2016 The four volumes of the New Oxford Shakespeare will be published between the the end of October and December. center_img Shakespeare shares credit for his work with other writers in the new edition Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dr Gary Taylor, one of the edition’s general editors, said that in the 1980s the suggestion that Shakespeare partnered with other writers prompted outrage, but now there is “empirical evidence” for collaboration.“We have been able to verify Marlowe’s presence in those three plays strongly and clearly enough,” he told the Guardian.“We can now be confident that they didn’t just influence each other, but they worked with each other. Rivals sometimes collaborate.”last_img

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