Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus

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ISBN-13: 9780451531612
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/06/2010
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 132,326
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) was born in Canterbury the year of Shakespeare’s birth. Like Shakespeare, he was of a prosperous middle-class family, but unlike Shakespeare he went to a university, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he received the bachelor’s degree in 1584 and the master’s degree in 1587. The terms of his scholarship implied that he was preparing for the clergy but he did not become a clergyman. Shortly before he received his M.A. the University seems to have wished to withhold it, apparently suspecting him of conversion to Roman Catholicism, but the Queen’s Privy Council intervened on his behalf, stating that he “had done her majesty good service” and had been employed “in matters touching the benefit of the country.” His precise service is unknown. After Cambridge, Marlowe went to London, where he apparently lived a turbulent life (he had two brushes with the law and was said to be disreputable) while pursuing a career as a dramatist. He wrote seven plays—the dates of which are uncertain—before he was yet again in legal difficulties: he was arrested in 1593, accused of atheism. He was not imprisoned, and before his case could be decided he was dead, having been stabbed in a tavern while quarreling over the bill.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Preface
Plot summary
Analysis
1. Historical and literary contexts
2. Performance aspects of the text
3. Critical interpretations
Resources and annotated bibliography
A note on the text
The Play

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Doctor Faustus 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Unionhawk on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A tragic tale, yet not so tragic, if you think about it. Faustus isn't exactly a character you can really cheer for, given his devilish tricks and arrogance.I enjoyed reading Doctor Faustus, despite being assigned to read it for English class. It was an interesting story, and I would read it again.
the_awesome_opossum on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The Faustian deal of selling your soul to the devil is so pervasive in our culture now, most people would probably be familiar with the story without having read it - either Marlowe's version or any other. Partly morality play (although more engrossing than most) and partly commentary on pre-destination versus free will, Doctor Faustus is about a young scholar who manages to conjure up a devil and live a short and sweet life of luxury before his eternal damnation. Faustus is never a particularly sympathetic character - he is horrifically short-sighted and solipsistic, right up to his final hour before damnation. But it is entertaining, and would be a fun play to stage. Plus it's interesting to see the origins of what I had thought of as a timeless cultural legend
joririchardson on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I expected Marlowe's writing to be closer to Shakespeare, but instead he reminded me more of Dante or Chaucer.A well written play with religious, philosophical, and allegoric implications. Doctor Faustus is overly attracted to power and wealth, and thus begins to practice necromancy. This leads to him securing a pact with the devil, Lucifer, and selling his soul in return for riches and fame.I loved how this work of theater combined comedy with tragedy, though I would say that I felt more moved by the ironic sadness of the story than the laughable scenes.A very good work of literature.
kaelirenee on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The steps we take to gain knowledge and save our souls... It's a classic for a reason.
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animus_of_procer_universi More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This version locks up my nook and my computer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was good!