English literature flowered magnificently during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. The various writers of the time represent a phase in the development and flexibility of poetry, prose and drama that achieved a beauty and exuberance unmatched in invention and style.

The period is often considered the consummate age of English drama. The most prolific and influential writer to emerge from this period was William Shakespeare, but an examination of the Bard’s early works reveal the presence and influence of his greatest predecessor, Christopher Marlowe.

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