doctor faustus

Those huge violet-blue eyes (the biggest I’ve ever seen) had an odd glint in them. You couldn’t describe it as a twinkle…searchlights cannot twinkle, they turn on and off and probe the heavens and so on.

Aeons passed, civilizations came and went while these cosmic headlights examined my flawed personality. Every pockmark on my face became a crater of the moon.”

- Richard Burton

Its coursework time in the life of an English literature student 😊 the essay is due by the end of December but I want my first draft to be finished by tomorrow.
Don’t you just love productive Sundays? 💗

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May 30th 1593: Christopher Marlowe killed

On this day in 1593, playwright Christopher Marlowe was murdered in London. Born in Canterbury in 1564, Marlowe went on to study at Cambridge University. There is some speculation as to what he did during university, but it is believed that he worked for the government in some secret capacity, potentially as a spy in the intelligence service. Nonetheless, it is known that Marlowe completed a master’s degree and moved to London to work as a writer. During this time he wrote a number of plays, the most famous of which include The Jew of Malta and Doctor Faustus. Marlowe’s work was controversial in its day for its criticism of the Church and the royal court. Marlowe greatly influenced contemporary playwright William Shakespeare, whose The Merchant of Venice is said to have been partly inspired by The Jew of Malta. In May 1593, Marlowe was arrested for the crime of heresy/athiesm, but he was soon released. However, on May 30th, Marlowe was killed by Ingram Frizer after a fight in a lodging house over the bill. Some speculate that Marlowe’s death was actually linked to his alleged spy work, but these rumours are unsubstantiated. Despite the confusion over the details of Christopher Marlowe’s life and death, his literary talent and significance cannot be denied.