When did Marlowe write Dido, Queen of Carthage?
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This essay disputes the traditional assumption that Dido, Queen of Carthage was Marlowes first play. Little of the previous commentary on the issue has been grounded in the evidence, and scholars have tended to want to disbelieve one or other of the 1594 title pages direct statements about the plays origins. The essay demonstrates that the play was not written for academic performance at Cambridge, as is sometimes contended, and proposes that the likeliest interpretation of the evidence would place Dido after the Tamburlaine plays, and close to the composition of Doctor Faustus in 1588.
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||The Review of English Studies|
|Early online date||9 Aug 2008|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2008|