"If Shakespeare had died at the age that Marlowe died, [end of May 1593] I think we should now regard Marlowe as the greater dramatist.! The achievement of Marlowe by 1593, both born in the same year, by the time of the death of Marlowe, was greater, I think, than that of Shakespeare by that age." Marlowe has a string of great Plays: Faustus, Edward II, 2 parts of Tamburlaine, The Jew of Malta, Marlowe's Poem Hero and Leander, a lot of good translations as well. He was a rapid developer, so far , one might say....."
Is Stanley Wells fully aware of his veritable rubbish? There does not exist a single reliable source whatsoever of any literary achievement of Shakespeare by the time of Marlowe's death? (in Shakspere and Marlowe's 30th year of life!!)
There was no literary achievement of Shakepeare prior to Marlowe's alleged death.