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In Dido, Queen of Carthage, Marlowe “the blasphemer” daringly portrays the gods as shabby immortals subject to very human emotions. In a six-year period he wrote 6 or 7 masterful, violent, hugely successful plays about cruelty, human frailty, the inhumane exercise of power, prejudice and our darkest desires. He died, violently, in his twenties.