George Chapman

George Chapman (* ~1559; † 1634) is said to have studied at both Oxford and Cambridge. He lived in poor circumstances, but associated with many well-known authors of his time. In addition to his work for the theatre, he became best known as a translator of Homer. In 1598 he continued writing Marlowe’s Hero and Leander. In 1605 he was arrested with Ben Jonson because their comedy Eastward Ho contained insults to majesty. In the following years Chapman translated the complete works of Homer.

According to Thomas Warton, George Chapman was a friend of Marlowe’s.1 Alexander Dyce already doubted this2 and no proof has indeed been found to date.

Marlowe, Christopher. 1850. The Works of Christopher Marlowe with Notes and Some Account of His Life and Writings. Liverpool: Pickering.
Warton, Thomas. 1824. The History of English Poetry, from the Close of the Eleventh Century to the Commencement of the Eighteenth Century. New Edition. Vol. 4. London.

  1. Warton (1824)↩︎
  2. Marlowe (1850)↩︎

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