Date of Award

Spring 1967

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts




A general study of Marlowe 's cosmology may by no means be original, for numerous critics have mentioned the subject in varying degrees; however, there is a wide disparity or opinion concerning the relative importance of the subject in relation to the playwright. This study is not exhaustive; it is significant, however, because it attempts to prove by means of biographical and historical backgrounds the idea that Mar­lowe had an intellect that was always "climbing after knowledge infin­ite."

In this study there are two obvious omissions: the plays Dido, Queen of Carthage, and The Massacre at Paris. These two plays have been omitted because Dido, Queen of Carthage, according to the title page, was written by Marlowe and Thomas Nashe, and Marlowe's share is not clear; and the text of The Massacre at Paris is available only in fragmentary form.