Islesboro scholar to weigh in on Marlowe vs. Shakespeare

Jan 10, 2019
Melissa Olson

Belfast — The Old Professor’s Bookshop invites the public to hear Melissa Olson of Islesboro discuss and sign her book, “The Rose by Another Name: Christopher Marlowe, The Real William Shakespeare,” Saturday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. at the shop, at 99 Main St.

Olson, an independent scholar, has written a riveting, novel-like review of the long-suspected, much written about and controversial suspicion that, to avoid torture and execution for heresy, Christopher Marlowe faked his own 1593 murder and began publishing as Shakespeare, who was paid to "go along."

This highly entertaining story tells much about Shakespeare, the unlettered actor, and Marlowe, the highly schooled, successful, and widely traveled playwright and poet who was also a spy for the Crown during the dangerous and often lethal time of the protestant/catholic disputes in England and Europe, the time of the St. Bartholomew Day Massacre in France (Marlowe was there as a spy) and the Spanish Armada.

The program is free; all are welcome.



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