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Renaissance England's great tragedy of intellectual overreaching is as relevant and unsettling today as it was when first performed at the end of the sixteenth century. This edition provides newly edited texts of both the 1604 (A-Text) and 1616 (B-Text) versions of the play, each with detailed explanatory annotations.

"Sources and Contexts" includes a generous selection from Marlowe's main source, The Damnable Life and Deserved Death of Dr. John Faustus, along with contemporary ...

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Overview

Renaissance England's great tragedy of intellectual overreaching is as relevant and unsettling today as it was when first performed at the end of the sixteenth century. This edition provides newly edited texts of both the 1604 (A-Text) and 1616 (B-Text) versions of the play, each with detailed explanatory annotations.

"Sources and Contexts" includes a generous selection from Marlowe's main source, The Damnable Life and Deserved Death of Dr. John Faustus, along with contemporary writings on magic and religion (including texts by Agrippa, Calvin, and Perkins) that establish the play's intellectual background. This volume also reprints early documents relating to the writing and publication of the play and to its first performances, along with contemporary comments on Marlowe's scandalous reputation.

Twenty-five carefully chosen interpretations-written from the eighteenth century to the present-allow students to enrich their critical understanding of the play. These diverse critical essays include classic analyses by Charles Lamb, William Hazlitt, and A. C. Swinburne, among others, and recent criticism from, among others, Michael Neill, Katharine Eisaman Maus, Alison Findlay, Stephen Orgel, and David Bevington.

A guide to reading "Doctor Faustus" with a critical and appreciative mind. Includes background on the author's life and times, sample tests, term paper suggestions, and a reading list.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451527790
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 4.54 (w) x 6.66 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2003

    ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!

    I was left with this book for an literature project, and I groaned about without even giving the book a chance. Then finally I was running out of time to read it and write an essay, but as I started it, I couldn't put it down. I am not a major in old english, but it didn't take me long to understand it. I absolutely loved this book/play, it was amazing and it wasn't hard at all to write an essay on it! I give it many, many, many stars.

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  • Posted January 6, 2010

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    Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

    This is a very intiresting and amazing play.

    Second only to Shakespeare in my opinion, Christopher Marlowe shares Shakespeares poetic writing style.

    I've always believed what makes a book is what it is trying to prove.

    Dr. Faustus asks amazing and philisophical questions.

    What is more important, the quest for knowledge, or the faith in belief?
    Would you give up your soul and body for an enlightened mind?

    These questions were beginning to be asked in Marlowe's time period, in the Renaissance, when society began to become secular.

    Faustus is one of the most interesting and confusing character, second to perhaps only Hamlet. He desires to do all these amazing things, and then he just plays pranks on a bunch of fools. He refuses to repent being to proud, yet it also seems he won't repent because he's ashamed, because it is too late. These many contradictions in character make this book amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2006

    Thrilling

    This play is wonderful -- thrilling like a roller coaster, it is lyrically written, humorous and tragic at the same given moment. Marlowe's genius for combining entertainment for the groundlings and brilliance for posterity is showcased here!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2002

    Excellent

    This is an excellent read; however, it is also a very difficult one. Once I started reading this book, which I must admit I wasn't expecting much from, I had to read it through to the end. With an very interesting plot, stunningly imaginative imagery dealing with hell and damnation, and intelligent questions regarding Calvinism and Catholicism, this wonderful book hits you with so many different and interesting levels of meaning. Unless you are very familiar with Middle English, though, I'd recommend you stay away from it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2002

    READ THIS BOOK!!!

    It was good!

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