Author of The Fool of Venus and Fortune and Men's Eyes and bearing small relation to either, though closer perhaps to the first than the second. Disappointing -- this story of Kit Marlowe and his times. Depicts Marlowe as gifted, eccentric, a waster, ambitious at times, but often willing to sell his birthright for a mess of pottage. The background is worked out with painstaking detail but overlarded with local color, besmirched with bawdy colloquialisms to give verisimilitude. Tough reading and not worth the effort. Sides with those who claim that Marlowe supplied Shakespeare with themes and dialogue and songs and presents Shakespeare as somewhat of a hack taking what lay at hand as grist to his mill. Limited appeal.