Doctor Faustus: A Play

Doctor Faustus: A Play

by Christopher Marlowe

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The great Elizabethan tragedy based on the classic German legend of worldly ambition, black magic, and surrender to the devil.

Christopher Marlowe’s dramatic interpretation of the Faust legend remains one of the most famous plays of the English Renaissance. It tells the tragic tale of Dr. John Faustus, a brilliant but dissatisfied scholar who conjures the demon Mephistopheles in pursuit of limitless knowledge and power. Through this satanic messenger, Doctor Faustus makes a pact with the devil, exchanging his immortal soul for worldly desires. But when his gains prove fruitless, he finds himself on an inescapable path to hell.

A theatrical masterpiece that greatly influenced the works of William Shakespeare and other Jacobean dramatists, Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus combines soaring poetry, psychological depth, and grand stage spectacle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781504063159
Publisher: Open Road Media
Publication date: 05/12/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 51
Sales rank: 1,123,932
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Christopher Marlowe was an English playwright, poet, and translator of the Elizabethan era. He was the foremost tragedian of his day.

Table of Contents

Plot summary
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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