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18 This supernatural spectacle ends when the stage collapses into the river ‘with a most monstrous thundering crack’ (sig. F1r), to the horror of the watching citizens. Rasmussen strengthens his case by pointing out that the chief 17 See The Black Book, ed. G. B. Shand, in Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works, ed. Gary Taylor and John Lavagnino (Oxford, 2007), pp. 204–06. All references are to this edition. , 37 (1990), 168–70. marlowe’s ghost 7 actor-devil in the Second Report is remarkable for his haircut: he makes his subordinate devils tremble by stamping his foot and ‘shaking his great bushe of hair’ (sig.
12 robert w. 25 He therefore had a motive both for reassuring the authorities that the Second Report was not another blot on his publishing record— that is, for adding the explanatory letters to the second edition when the first proved scandalous—and for continuing to excite the frisson in his readers that the Wonderful Prophecy later provided, in such unfortunate measure that it ruined him. Further indications that the dates were fabricated might be cited. The German sequel to the Faustbuch, the Wagnerbuch—which may well have inspired the Second Report, despite the fact that the book is no translation— was not published until 1593.
One wonders how far Greene’s brilliant staging of this drama in his final publications was inspired by his inclination to link Marlowe with his own quasi-historical overreachers, Tamburlaine and Faustus? Characteristically, Greene deferred the last instalment of his cony-catching pamphlets—the Black Book, which he announced in two pamphlets published in 1592—until it was too late, advertising it as forthcoming when he was already in the grip of his final illness. The Black Book was to have been the climax of his one-man war on the London underworld, naming and shaming all the principal criminals operating in the capital.