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The Jew of Malta by [Marlowe, Christopher]
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Length: 118 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled

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  • File Size: 265 KB
  • Print Length: 118 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 12, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082ZIEEO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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The primary reason I am interested in Christopher Marlowe is that I am trying to acquire a decent level of knowledge about this period of literature in general, and Shakespeare, a contemporary, in particular. In that context I have enjoyed reading and studying both Marlowe and this play.

There is nothing magical about a straight read of this play. It is a somewhat interesting play. Certainly it smacks of Anti Semitism, along with seemingly anti everything else. It is highly cynical. I think there are fairly clear reasons one cannot easily see this play performed at this time. Many of these plays are offensive by today's standards, but I certainly feel merit study.

I have no actual credentials of any kind in regard to literary study; strictly an amateur. Having said that, Marlowe was a contemporary of Shakespeare who died young. In my estimation his plays read like early Shakespeare plays. Marlowe dies young and Shakespeare evolves and developes.

It seems fairly clear that these playwrights copied, inspired, and emulated each other. Did "The Jew of Malta" inspire "The Merchant of Venice"? I think so. Marlowe wrote "Edward II". Shakespeare wrote the so called history plays. Marlowe started, but did not finish, a lengthy poem, "Hero and Leander". Shakespeare refers to Hero and Leander is various works.

In summary, I am glad I am studying Marlowe and I am glad I read and studied this play. Except for educational purposes, I would not bother to watch it performed. However if I can find a performance I do intend to watch it.
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I picked up this Kindle volume because it was referenced by Terry Pratchett in his recent release of earlier nonfiction short writings, 'A Slip Of The Keyboard'. I am a fan of Terry Pratchett and that was recommendation enough for me. It is in fact a good read and a part of literature in which one raised in USA public school, is deficient, so a win, win all around! Thanks, Terry! Again!
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Marlowe may have been the equal or superior of young Shakespeare at the same age, but you wouldn't know it from this drivel. It has one good or at least famous line, and few verses that crawl much less sing. Read it for literary history, or the distorted history of the Mediterranean (though most of the facts are wrong), or as a study in antisemitism in sharp contract to Shakespeare's Shylock, or if you're traveling to Malta and are afraid someone will task your ignorance by asking about it. But don't read it because it's a worthwhile play.
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I just would like to say that this edition of the Jew of Malta is in fact the full play and was probably fixed after some of the other comments were posted. I know I personally can't wait to read the play that Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice was partially based on (for free!).
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Being a jaded twenty-first century reader I found this play to be satirical. The tragedy is still with in the text by the humor getting there is fun.
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