This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 Excerpt: ...whatever for the assertion that they had been actors before they became dramatists. The reverse is much more likely to be true of Marlowe. The ballad which refers to his stage career is not, perhaps, a very safe authority in itself, having been written soon after his death, for the express purpose of exposing the irregularities and errors of his life and opinions; but upon this single point, supported by Philips, it may be credited. The doggrel is precise in its allegations, See ante, p.27. _and aifirms not only that Marlowe had been a player, but tells us at what theatre he played:--He had also a player been Upon the Curtain stage, But brake his leg in one lewd scene, When in his early age. The Curtain seems to have been the favourite theatre for experiments in those days, where aspirants passed through their noviciate before they were admitted to the honours of _the Blackfriars or the Globe. It was here Ben Jonson, some _years afterwards, made his first appearance as actor and poet, and amongst its still later celebrities was Heywood sage, The apologetic Atlas of the stage.' The Curtain was under the jurisdiction of the Lord Mayor, and stood near the playhouse called the Theatre, in Shoreditch. According to the author of the ballad, Marlowe went upon the stage at an early age, but was obliged to abandon it in consequence of having broken his leg. Of this last circumstance, which, probably, entailed lameness on him for life, no other record has been traced. The absence of all contemporary allusion to it is so remarkable, at a time when the town was inundated with lampoons full of personal reflections, that the veracityof the ballad-monger may be fairlyquestioned. Marlowe.s halt would have been at least as conspicuous a mark for ribaldry as GreeneR...