‘Fabricated Lives’: Shakespearean Collaboration in Fictional Forms

Robert Sawyer


The essay examines fictionalized accounts of the collaboration between Shakespeare and his contemporaries, focusing on those that portray Christopher Marlowe as occasionally Shakespeare’s co-author. Beginning with two novels by Anthony Burgess, Nothing Like the Sun: A Story of Shakespeare’s Love-life (1964) and A Dead Man in Deptford (1994), I then look at Peter Whelan’s play, The School of Night (1992), before concluding with the film Shakespeare in Love (1998). By looking at these popularized renditions of collaboration and biography, I conclude that the more collaborative that the fictionalized work is in origin, the more positively it portrays such relationships in Shakespeare’s time.


Collaboration; Fictional Biography; Shakespeare Authorship;<em> Shakespeare in Love</em>; <em>The School of Night</em>

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13128/JEMS-2279-7149-18085

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