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Book Information: Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus (1604) [Play]
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Series: Faust

Summary (From the publisher):

Faustus, a brilliant scholar, sells his soul to the devil in exchange for limitless knowledge and powerful black magic, yet remains unfulfilled. He considers repenting, but remains to proud to ask God for forgiveness. His indecision ultimately seals his fate.

Faustus’ story serves as a warning to those who would sacrifice righteous living for earthly gain. But Marlowe’s play is also a deeply symbolic analysis of the shift from the late medieval world to the early modern world – a time when the medieval view that the highest wisdom lay in the theologian’s contemplation of God was yielding to the Renaissance view that the highest wisdom lay in the scientist’s and stateman’s rational analysis of the world around them. Caught between these ideals, Faustus is both a tragic fool destroyed by his own ambition and a hero at the forefront of a changing society. In Doctor Faustus, Marlowe thoughtfully examines faith and enlightenment, nature and science – and the terrible cost of the objects of our desire.

Original title: The Historie of the Damnable Life, and Deserved Death of Doctor Iohn Faustus
Original languages: English

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Genre: Drama and PlaysEnglishElizabethan

This work has been adapted as the following works :
     Faustus (2008) [Play]
      Authors: Rupert Goold , Ben Power

Edition #1: Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus (2009)
Edition Details (From the publisher):

This student edition uses the A text, widely excepted as the most authentic published edition. Fully revised by leading Renaissance scholar, Ros King, it contains a completely new Introduction containing the latest criticism and stage history and revised commentary and notes.

Language: English


Edited by: Roma Gill Ros King
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Manifested in:

Doctor Faustus (January 2009)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9780713673760
Pages: 144

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Edition #2: Doctor Faustus with the English Faust Book

Doctor Faustus with the English Faust Book (2005)
Edition Details (From the publisher):

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."

Language: English


Edited by: David Wootton
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Manifested in:

Doctor Faustus with the English Faust Book (March 2005)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Hackett Publishing
ISBN: 9780872207295
Pages: 154

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Edition #3: Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus (2001)
Edition Details (From the publisher):

This new edition of Marlowe’s classic includes a revised introduction, a history of the play on stage, and an updated bibliography by the editor, Sylvan Barnet of Tufts University. Also included are generous selections from the historic source of Doctor Faustus and illuminating commentaries by Richard B. Sewall, G.K. Hunter, David Bevington and Eric Rasmussen, and John Russell Brown.

Language: English


Edited by: Sylvan Barnet
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Manifested in:

Doctor Faustus (February 1, 2001)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Signet Classics
ISBN: 9780451527790
Pages: 240

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Edition #4: The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus

The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus (1997)
Edition Details (IBList user synopsis):

This is presumably an acting edition, with minimal notes and supplementary material.

Language: English


Edited by: William-Alan Landes
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The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus (1997)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Studio City, CA
Publisher: Players Press
ISBN: 0887347215
Pages: 44

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Edition #5: Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus (1965)
Edition Details (From the publisher):

In this classic and much-loved edition of Marlowe's best-known play, John D. Jump provides the reader with a wealth of introductory and explanatory material. As well as a fascinating chronology of Marlowe's life and works and extensive notes on the text, this edition includes a substantial and authoritative historical introduction to the play.

Language: English


Edited by: John D. Jump
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Manifested in:

The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus (July 1965)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415039606
Pages: 184

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Edition #6: The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus

The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (1911)
Edition Details (IBList user synopsis):

Based on the A text of 1604, edited by William Allan Neilson. This version was originally published in The Chief Elizabethan Dramatists Excluding Shakespeare in 1911.

Language: English


Edited by: William Allen Neilson
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Manifested in:

Dr. Faustus (1994)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Dover Thrift Editions
ISBN: 9780486282084
Pages: 64

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