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  • adjective Of, or relating to, Christopher Marlowe, English writer
  • noun Someone who believes the Marlovian theory, that Christopher Marlowe was the main writer of works attributed to William Shakespeare.


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  • These theories are called the Marlovian theory, the Oxfordian theory and the Baconette theory.


  • So I love you as much as I love Jesus Christ is a Marlovian joke.

    Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

  • But whereas Day took to the graceful fantasticalities of Lyly and to the not very savage social satire of Greene, Tourneur (or Turner) addressed himself to the most ferocious school of sub-Marlovian tragedy, and to the rugged and almost unintelligible satire of Marston.

    A History of Elizabethan Literature

  • The Marlovian power and energy, even in its blasphemous dimensions, is given free rein in Satan's speeches, and the chiding judgment of the epic narrator can scarcely restore order, nor can the progressive degradation of Satan's character in the course of the poem.

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  • Paradise Lost, they have neglected … the fact that Christopher Marlowe is the first Englishmen to translate the Roman author whom David Norbrook calls "the central poet of the republican imagination", Lucan … Marlowe historically precedes Milton as an English author of republican freedom; and second, that Milton presents Satan as the dark-shadow of Marlovian republican liberty perhaps because Marlowe had failed where it counted most: to disengage sufficiently his English authorship from the autonomy of royalist thought and therefore to champion outright republican literary freedom.

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