…“In Shakespeare’s youth Marlowe was the most celebrated , most innovated figure in the theater world and from Dr.Faustus [Marlowe] Shakespeare learnt the possibility of writing a drama about psychology of ambition....
a great series of dialogues between Faustus and Mephistopheles, the evil spirit. That was definitely an inspiration for Shakespeare as he began to write Macbeth..."
I am almost certain that Prof.Bate led most learners to erroneously conclude that Shakespeare must have been younger than Marlowe. They were however exactly of the same age.
Has not the time come to abandon the irrational dogma that the one genius of a poet, Marlowe [„the predecessor“] ceased to exist (Mai 30,1593) before the other genius of the same age, Shakespeare [„the successor“] entered on the scene and that two poet genius of the same age did not overlap in their literary activities a single day, living in the same city at the same time?