Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Glen Newkirk


Christopher Marlow still remains a largely undefined dramatist in the twentieth century. Scholarship in the past fifty years has shed much light on the historical facts of his life, but there has been little effort to place his dramatic output in the stream of English letters. He remains to many a curiosity, both in the style and the content of his works. The facts of Marlowe’s life, discovered by scholars, have created as many problems as they have solved. Fragmentary evidence has been utilized in an effort to prove Marlow an atheist, while other fragments have been used in an effort to prove he was a Catholic and still other evidence sees Marlowe as an Anglican in the service of the Queen. All of this conjecture has some basis in fact, but by the contradictory nature of the allegations, Marlowe could not possibly have been all three.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of English and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1968 Harvey R. Leavitt.

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