When did Marlowe write Dido, Queen of Carthage?

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Abstract

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.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)521-541
Number of pages21
JournalThe Review of English Studies
Volume59
Issue number241
Early online date9 Aug 2008
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2008