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Doctor Faustus (Longman Literature) [Paperback]

Christopher Marlowe , Roy Blatchford , John Butcher
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20 Jun 1995 0582254094 978-0582254091 1

Doctor Faustus exists in two versions, both of which were edited from performances in the time of Marlowe.  Both are considered to be authentic, but there are notable differences, both the B text containing additional scenes as well as different wording.

Doctor Faustus: B text

  • Written to help students make the transition from GCSE to AS/A level;
  • Contains a detailed introductory section that puts the play in its historical context;
  • Provides in-depth textual notes;
  • Contains exam-style questions;
  • Includes carefully selected extracts from key critical works on the play;
  • Offers additional study skills for AS and A2 learning.


 


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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (20 Jun 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582254094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582254091
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good playcript - Dr.Faustus 20 Jun 2011
By Nabir
Format:Paperback
The playscript was delivered on time and I would say sooner than later which was really good. I loved the annotations inside as they were really helpful and easy to read which made analaysing the text even easier. The story is hard to get around at first but I have found that like, Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' that if you analyse the text then that text itself can tell you a lot about the novel or playscript.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No work of the devil, this... 4 Jan 2006
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
Format:Paperback
'Was this the face that launched a thousand ships...' There are so many great lines in this play! The greatness of Marlowe was recognised in his own time (a gentle modern reminder of this came in the film 'Shakespeare in Love', when almost every actor auditioning chose a bit from Marlowe, and all of those defaulted to this play).
It is somewhat ironic that if Shakespeare and Marlowe were writing today, they should most like be charged with plagiarism and copyright infringement; 'The Tragedy of Doctor Faustus' is likewise not an entirely original construct of Marlowe's, but rather derives from an anonymously penned German poem translated into English shortly before Marlowe recast it for his play. The German poet Goethe was influenced by the same anonymous source, and perhaps knew of Marlowe's play during his writing.
Dr. Faustus may have been based on a brilliant professor in Germany a generation or two prior to Marlowe. In any event, the idea of the seduction of the power of knowledge was (and continues to be) inspiring. The idea of selling one's soul to get the object of one's desire is also not a unique concept. Knowledge in the ancient world often always involved the spiritual realm, which had both its light and dark sides (one has but to think of the Star Wars saga to see how such concepts remain firmly rooted in our own time). Faustus becomes a conjurer, and strikes a deal with Lucifer to maintain power and knowledge in return for his soul after 24 years.
Despite the temptations to repent, Faustus in Marlowe's text never manages to break free of the temptations. 'My heart's so hardened I cannot repent. / Scare can I name salvation, faith, or heaven, / But fearful echoes thunder in mine ears: / "Faustus, thou art damned.
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Despite product description stating that this product remains fully intact with only minor wear to the spine this book, which it need for my a level literature studies, was delivered to me covered in bright pink highlighter marks and annotation! Some may say that it's helpful to have someone else's ideas but I specifically ordered a copy which I thought was unmarked! Just beware of description of product.
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