A Dead Man in Deptford

A Dead Man in Deptford Set in Elizabethan England Burgess s first novel for four years centres on the life of Christopher Marlowe who was killed in suspicious circumstances in a tavern brawl in Deptford years ago It p

  • Title: A Dead Man in Deptford
  • Author: Anthony Burgess
  • ISBN: 9780099302568
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Paperback
  • Set in Elizabethan England, Burgess s first novel for four years centres on the life of Christopher Marlowe, who was killed in suspicious circumstances in a tavern brawl in Deptford 400 years ago It portrays a theatre genius riven by sexual and political conflicts.

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  • Anthony Burgess

    Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name.Anthony Burgess was a British novelist, critic and composer He was also a librettist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, essayist, travel writer, broadcaster, translator, linguist and educationalist Born in Manchester, he lived for long periods in Southeast Asia, the USA and Mediterranean Europe as well as in England His fiction includes the Malayan trilogy The Long Day Wanes on the dying days of Britain s empire in the East the Enderby quartet of novels about a poet and his muse Nothing Like the Sun, a recreation of Shakespeare s love life A Clockwork Orange, an exploration of the nature of evil and Earthly Powers, a panoramic saga of the 20th century He published studies of Joyce, Hemingway, Shakespeare and Lawrence, produced the treatises on linguistics Language Made Plain and A Mouthful of Air, and was a prolific journalist, writing in several languages He translated and adapted Cyrano de Bergerac, Oedipus the King, and Carmen for the stage scripted Jesus of Nazareth and Moses the Lawgiver for the screen invented the prehistoric language spoken in Quest for Fire and composed the Sinfoni Melayu, the Symphony No 3 in C, and the opera Blooms of Dublin.


  • An excellent biographical novel about Christopher Marlowe, though containing about 300% more buggery than I usually look for in a historical novel.

  • This was, I think, Burgess' last published novel, and a fine one it is, too. Years after his Shakespeare novel, NOTHING LIKE THE SUN, he goes back to the same era to tackle Christopher Marlowe, the wild, wayward brawler and Master of Arts who went one step further than Thomas Kyd in expanding the scope of English drama with his rollercoaster tales of doomed overreachers and his sonorous lines, like bells tolling in a tottering cathedral to a god or gods unknown. Burgess' immersion in the tone, e [...]

  • This is a very complex book. I loved the voice, the vagueness of the theme and the music of the sentences, but ask me what it was all about, I wouldn't be able to tell you with a straight face what it was. I don't know if that makes it a great work of literature, or it's just me who needs to reread it? What I know is it's probably the least fulfilling Burgess I've read.

  • A Dead Man in Deptford is one hell of a book. Imagining the fascinating life and early death of Christopher ‘Kit’ Marlowe – Elizabethan playwright, poet and alleged spy – on opening I was a little worried that the language might be too dense (’tis written in the parlance of the time) but before long I was putting off sleep to read more while gleefully noting all of my new favourite olde words and pretty much wanting to roll around in the wonderful writing.While studying at Cambridge, a [...]

  • I put off the ill-made disguise and, four hundred years after that death at Deptford, mourn as if it had happened yesterday. [] But, as the dagger pierces the optic nerve, blinding light is seen not to be the monopoly of the sun. That dagger continues to pierce, and it will never be blunted.This was just an utterly wonderful book. For the first 50 or so pages a barely paid any notice to the plot because I was so taken with the rich beauty of the prose. I am of course, well disposed to like this [...]

  • Patience and focus are required for this fictional rendering of the life of Christopher Marlowe. Burgess, using his version of Elizabethan English, has created a fascinating and atmospheric novel that gives a hair-raising impression of life under what was apparently the paranoid regime of Elizabeth I. Put aside your cinematic impressions of Elizabeth (i.e. Glenda Jackson or Cate Blanchett) --- this, I suspect, is a more nearly accurate portrayal of an era where fabricated evidence, often extract [...]

  • Anthony Burgess’s novels often promise rather more than they deliver – not that they don’t deliver, it’s just that they promise so much. It’s the downside of being too clever, generous and prolific for your own good, I suppose. A remarkable writer, always interesting, invariably frustrating.‘A Dead Man in Deptford’ is one of the exceptions. It promises, and it delivers, in equal measure. A late work, not overly long, it is the sordid and amoral story of Kit Marlowe, playwright. Wha [...]

  • A tratti un po' pesante, ma qua e la' si intravede il genio di Burgess:discontinuo, ma sicuramente un libro da leggere.

  • This is the book that turned me on to Christopher Marlowe. Witty as rapier repartee, earthy as dirt under your nails, heartbreaking and funny and so, so beautifully written it's an ongoing treat just to graze through . . . I can't say enough about this book. Most of us know Burgess from A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, but do yourself the favor of a lifetime and read this too.

  • Marlowe's The Tragical History of Dr Faustus is one of my all-time favourite texts even though it has to be one of the most frustrating given that neither the A or B text is fully Marlowe's because he was too busy being Kit Marlowe. Typically dead at 29 (although there are some who dispute this and claim he was the 'real' Shakespeare, his exact contemporary) following a brawl in a Deptford Tavern, Kit's life provides Burgess in his last published novel a great canvas of buggery, booze and backst [...]

  • I loved A Dead Man in Deptford from the very first page. Burgess' prose style really evokes the period and he makes a Kit a memorable and loveable character; I just adored him from start to finish. The prose style does make this a little stodgy at times, considering it is only a short novel, but I didn't find that a detraction in this instance. If anything, I had to remind myself it was only fiction a couple of times, and I ended the book with a desire to read some more scholarly works on Marlow [...]

  • Burgess’s final novel is a lovingly crafted account of Kit Marlowe’s life and death. Written in a period style, he had trouble getting this novel published. But his love for his subject is ever apparent, bringing tears to this reader and an appreciation for the man ever in Shakespeare’s shadow for over four hundred years.

  • A poignant, atmospheric novel about the last days of the playwright Christopher Marlowe, who was killed in a brawl in a tavern in Deptford, probably assassinated in connection with spying activities. Burgess's language is rich and evocative as usual and nuanced to the Elizabethan style, and transports one back to the scenes and rumbustious, violent times.

  • The life of Christopher Marlowe, reimagined by Burgess. It has everything you expect of Burgess: complex, linguistically rich, scholarly, and unafraid to take up positions on Marlowe controversies from his sexuality to the circumstances of his death. It's hard work and, as ever with Burgess, many of the allusions elude someone like me, but I still found it enjoyable and rewarding.

  • I read this when I was living in digs in Deptford. Simply brilliant. Turns out Marlowe's final resting place was behind my digs. Always liked this book.

  • Beatitiful language: Burgess transcends. Honest, forthright sexuality: Burgess understands. Unengaging, overly complex story: two out of three isn't bad.

  • Anthony Burgess este unul dintre scriitorii britanici pentru care literatura înseamnă și posibilitatea de a recupera ori de a revitalizarea cultura și istoria țării sale. Cunoscut cititorilor români datorită romanului Portocala mecanică, din Anthony Burgess s-au tradus în 2015 alte două romane: Ochii doamnei mele și Moartea la Deptford. Ambele sunt biografii ficționalizate, prima fiindu-i dedicată lui Shakespeare, iar a doua lui Cristopher Marlowe, talentatul dramaturg apreciat de [...]

  • Burgess makes me think of E.M. Forster in his way of capturing language of social groups. Even when he fabricates the language he's very convincing. He had to do at least to some extent since the setting is in Christopher Marlowe's time and the circles he ran in. Burgess covers a wider range and Forster smaller but deeper.Anyhow, this illuminating book has reawakened my interest in older modern English literature.My one, umm, I don't know if it's something I like or dislike, observation is that [...]

  • This was the last novel Burgess wrote before he died, sometime in the early 90's. As you might expect, it's raucous, bawdy, and linguistically complex. What you might not expect so much (given the unfortunate fact that most people think of him as merely the Clockwork Guy, which is true indeed but aesthetically unjust) is that it's also erudite, witty, historically informed and philosophically engaged.There isn't a lot necessarily known for sure about Marlowe, though the quality of his plays and [...]

  • This is a book about Christopher Marlowe, based on 'The Reckoning' by Charles Nicholl. I thought that this book was extraordinary in that it conveys the 'vibe' of what it might be like to be in Elizabethan England. It accomplishes this through an immersion in detail and amazing original prose that could only have been written by Anthony Burgess. The prose is not Elizabethan, but instead is a sort of Elizabethan Nadsat-- an invented a slang that combines Elizabethan and modern English so that it [...]

  • A much better book than I had expected, the story of Christopher (Kit) Marlowe, playwright and poet, contemporary of Wm. Shakespeare, and spy. The latter more a matter of some financial obligation he takes on as a means of keeping himself in coin, and yet, "The Service" something he is never quite allowed to quit, either, once he has seen and been sickened by how much blood has spilled as a result of his own machinations on its behalf. Indeed, the entire ring of men about Sir Francis Walsingham, [...]

  • I must admit, it took me a couple of chapters to really get into A Dead Man in Deptford. Author Anthony Burgess takes advantage of his linguistic gifts in an unusual way with this book: he writes it in the style of Christopher Marlowe, the titular dead man.Once I got what Burgess was about, I enjoyed the book immensely. The author takes us into the world of both Elizabethan theatre and politics (Marlowe was part of Sir Francis Walsingham's secret spy service) in an entertaining and educational w [...]

  • Marlowe has always somehow been more interesting than Shakespeare. The Bard is established canon, taught in schools, safe and accepted and familiar. Marlowe is more secret and dangerous and obscure by comparison. Atheist, homosexual, spy, who wrote the ultimate play of damnation for knowledge, he lurks in the shadows of Elizabethan England, his death a mystery never to be solved. Burgess sheds a little light on the shadows, but it's a fictional light, for what that's worth, itself a kind of shad [...]

  • Incredibly difficult to begin reading, in large part because of the formatting. The language--specifically the dialogue--can be somewhat denser than Burgess' usual, making it a bit challenging to work your way into at first. This is not a book that you can just pick up and go a few pages, then set down and pick up later and put down, etc. Or you CAN, but I wouldn't recommend it.That said, once you're into it, you realise what a fantastic work it is.I won't go into too much detail because I'm ave [...]

  • Low 4. Burgess has vividly brought to life the Elizabethan dramatist and possible spy, Kit Marlowe, in this bawdy tale, set in the brothels and alehouses of the capital. The author attempts to unravel centuries of speculation and mystery, by seeking to answer whether Marlowe died in a tavern in deptford in a dispute over a bill or was it a politically-motivated assassination. Marlowe was known to keep company with some of Walsingham's coterie but doubt remains over whether he was on official ser [...]

  • Why haven't I read more of Burgess's novels? This guy was a very challenging, intellectually engaging writer. His books (thinking Clockwork Orange) force you to meet him on his terms, enter the world he is depicting. The thoughts and themes are often troubling, the characters inhabited by spirits that are often alien to the thinking of the reader. Who else can claim this sort of effect.In this book, we enter the action via the interior monologue of a third-rate, gay Elizabethan stage actor who i [...]

  • I found this book accidentally in a used book shop. I was in a phase where I was completely in love with Burgess. I was also completely in love with Marlowe. So you can imagine when I find a book by Burgess about MarloweIt was an excellent story, and I liked it was hardly all flattery. Marlowe's life does make for an interesting book. A wonderful read in Burgess' style, capturing Elizabethan England, and a world of spies, barfights, and some of the world's most beautiful poetry.

  • I took this book with me to Costa Rica in 1996- it was one of the only english books available to me for a long time, and it tookk forever to get through. I remember it being pretty dry. But it will always be memorable because it took so long to read.

  • Short but impactful and memorable, much like the life of its subject, this exquisitely beautifully written biographical novel about playwright and spy Christopher Marlowe brings its protagonist and setting effortlessly to life in wonderfully crafted period-appropriate prose. A great book about a fascinating man.

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