This excursion through Elizabethan England will surprise scholars and please--perhaps only the more uncommon reader. Tracing his way through the towns and hamlets of Marlowe's childhood, to his years in London as a young and popular playwright, the author provides illuminating data on various historical sites in ""Marlowe country"" and on the literary groups prevalent in London during that period. It was a robust and exciting time, the ""Marlboro Country"" of yesteryear and the author captures its spirit magnificently. Marlowe's contemporaries included Queen Elizabeth, Sir Walter Raleigh, Thomas Kyd, Robert Greene, Giorduno Bruno (who lived in London for a period) and many others. Mr. Wraight's tacing of signatures, his investigations of surviving portraits, and his analysis of the texts of Marlowe's plays as well as his fascinating speculations on the true nature of Marlowe's death will stimulate new thinking in the age-old Marlowe-Shakespeare controvers.