During his time, Christopher Marlowe was considered the foremost tragic playwright of the Elizabethan theater. Son of a shoemaker in Canterbury, Marlowe received a scholarship to Cambridge University, where he earned a degree from Corpus Christi College. Marlowe's Tamburlaine was the first of his plays performed on the stage in London and is regarded as the seed of sophisticated Elizabethan theater.
Not much can be definitively known about Marlowe, given that most authenticated details of his life come from legal and similar documents that have survived the centuries. However, he has been variously described by contemporaries as a 'magician, brawler and rake-hell'.
It seems likely that Marlowe was a spy or was otherwise engaged in espionage service for the government; he was often mysteriously absent from Cambridge for prolonged periods during his years there and, upon his return, had enough money to spend lavishly on food, drink and entertainment - far above his scholarship allowance. In addition, the government ordered Cambridge to award Marlowe his MA when the university was reluctant to do so, fearing he was a secret Catholic. When he was arrested for counterfeiting in the Netherlands, he was remanded to the England's treasurer, Lord Burghley, but charges were never preferred by the Crown. Marlowe eventually was arrested, however, under suspicion of authoring anonymous threats to French and Dutch Protestant emigres. Appearing before the Privy Council on May 20, 1593, he was ordered to appear before them daily and then released.
Marlowe, along with three companions, was roistering in an ordinary in Deptford on the night of May 30. A quarrel regarding the bill erupted, and in the ensuing brawl, Marlowe was stabbed and killed with his own knife. He was 29 years old.
Here a serving-man in that tavern watches in sad disbelief as Marlowe is stabbed. Digital oils; original photo.
February 26, 2013: An amazing thing happened today - I have been announced as one of the five finalists for a Shorty Award in Art. The Shorty Awards are given to the producers of the best of online social media in a variety of categories and I am honored to be in the running.
August 2, 2012: I am honored to have been showcased in Official Feature Online Entertainment New Magazine in the article "Connecticut’s Artist Expressionist: RC deWinter" highlighting my work in the arts. My thanks to the editors and staff. You can read it here: http://bit.ly/N6z4Yl
May 1, 2012: I am proud and also humbled to have several poems and paintings prominently featured in the First Anniversary Issue of Pink Panther Magazine. See my work on pp 52-57: http://bit.ly/KoMryO Purchase this beautifully produced magazine of women's art and writing here: http://bit.ly/In88Eg Thanks and bright blessings to the marvellous editors of Pink Panther for this extraordinary validation of my work.
April 6, 2012: Thanks to editor/writer Dominic Richardson at ARTbracket for this article on me and my work. http://bit.ly/HrZmDd
January 21, 2012: I am honored to have two of my poems, imprecation and WomanRoots, published in the latest issue of Pink Panther Magazine. The magazine can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/yUcPOM
My October 2011 solo show at the Arts of Tolland Gallery in Connecticut was a great success. I am greatly honored to be the first digital artist invited to exhibit there. My thanks to the Board for all their help before, during and after the 5-week show.
April 29, 2011: I am proud to announce that ABC has licensed four more of my works for use as set decoration on the TV show Desperate Housewives.
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