Dr Faustus based on the A text (New Mermaids) Paperback – 30 May 2003
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"Michael Keefer's knowledge of this play and of its philosophical roots is unrivalled; he has produced exactly what we need." -- A.D. Nuttall, New College, Oxford University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This edition is poor. If you are student you will find this text will quickly fall to pieces. Go for a different publisher.
Read it - it will change your life.
This is the only one of Christopher Marlowe's works that I've read so far and to be honest I was expecting a lot more.
Apparently Marlowe wasn't too big on Christianity so you would've thought that scripting a play like this, where an important individual sells his soul to be able to have anything his heart desires, he'd go to town. But it's almost like Marlowe is warning us against doing that. I'm not saying that Marlowe was a practising satanist but for a non-believer, let's call him, his imagination regarding what Faustus does once he makes the "sale" is non too extraordinary; Flies around a bit; Makes fun of the Pope & his Cardinals invisibly; Turns a bale of hay into a horse; Gets grapes in Winter for someone. That's about it.
It's quite short too, but does include the differences from the "B" text afterwards so you can compare the two so that's quite good.
Basically I thought it would move me a lot more than it did, but that might just be me.
This play changed my life. I can't quite put my finger on it..It was a mix of the tasteful melodrama, the passion, the moral questioning, the ferocity of the character and the emotions caught up in his tale. The raw language of Dr Faustus is perfect to me. Although many jump to conclusions about its being ineloquent next to Shakespeare, it is in my opinion beautiful, haunting and full of energy. Marlowe isn't Shakespeare. He did come first however, he paved the way for Shakespeare entirely and he had a unique, unparalleled style that mixes the gritty with the hyperbolic.
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The book arrived promptly,it was in excellent condition and my daughter will find it useful for her studies. Good value for money!!Published on 28 Aug. 2013 by Sangat Campbell-Bans
This drama never reaches the level of a tragedy. Faust only signs his pact with the devil to know evanescent pleasures and aimless pointless powers. Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2004 by Dr Jacques COULARDEAU