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By Anthony Burgess

ISBN-10: 0786711523

ISBN-13: 9780786711529

With A lifeless guy in Deptford, Burgess concluded his literary profession to overwhelming popularity of his new edition of the Elizabethan poet Christopher Marlowe. In lavish, pitch-perfect, and supple, readable prose, Burgess fits his most excellent Shakespeare novel, not anything just like the sunlight. the total global of Elizabethan England—from the intrigues of the court, in the course of the violent streets of London, to the honor of the theater—comes alive during this joyous social gathering of the lifetime of Christopher Marlowe, murdered in suspicious situations in a tavern brawl in Deptford greater than 400 years ago.</Div>

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It was with this lamp and not with torches that the pyre was set alight beside Olympus when Peregrinus Proteus, later called Phrenix, sprang into the blaze before a mighty throng of people in order to make himself one with the ether. The world knows of this man and of his lofty deed only through the lying and distorted account of Lucian. Every good weapon has magic qualities; by merely looking at it we feel ourselves wonderfully strengthened. So it was with us and the mirror of Nigromontanus: its radiance foretold to us that we would not perish entirely; rather that the best in us was inaccessible to the lower powers.

When we raised ourselves up we looked into Father Lampros's smiling face. He had allowed us to partake of a mystery. We had all the more reason to prize the moments of leisure which the Father set aside for us since his was a name revered among the Christians, and many sought him out in the hope of counsel and comfort. Yet he was also loved by those who put their faith in the twelve gods, and by the men from the North where the ancient deities are worshipped in spacious temples and thickets set apart.

So, too, there were men of letters who began to imitate the herdsmen's songs, which up to now only the nurses from the Campagna had been known to croon over the cradles. But now the poets might be seen strolling in the Corso with rough cudgels in their hands, and wearing shaggy skins instead of woollen or linen raiment. In such circles it was the custom to scorn the tillage of vine or corn and to see in the wild country of the herdsmen the stronghold of the true, time-honoured way of life. They are well known, the hare-brained and somewhat murky ideas which bewitch the enthusiast, and one might have laughed at them had it not come to open sacrilege which passed the understanding of all who still had kept their reason.

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