Doctor Faustus: With the English Faust Book (Paperback)

Doctor Faustus: With the English Faust Book By Christopher Marlowe, David Wootton (Editor) Cover Image

Doctor Faustus: With the English Faust Book (Paperback)


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This edition of Doctor Faustus features annotated versions, with modernized spelling and punctuation, of the 1604 A-text and the 1592 text of Marlowe's source, the English Faust Book--a translation of the best-selling Historia von Johann Fausten published in Frankfurt in 1587, which recounts the strange story of Doctor John Faustus and his pact with the spirit Mephistopheles.

David Wootton's Introduction charts Marlowe's brief, meteoric career; the delicate social and political climate in which Doctor Faustus was staged and the vexed question of the religious sensibilities to which it may have catered; the interpretive significance of variations between the A and B texts; and the shrewd and subversive uses to which Marlowe put the English Faust Book in crafting, according to Wootton, a drama in which orthodox Christian teaching triumphed, but in which Faustus has all the best lines.

David Wootton is Anniversary Professor of History, University of York.

Product Details ISBN: 9780872207295
ISBN-10: 0872207293
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company
Publication Date: March 15th, 2005
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: Hackett Classics