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Doctor Faustus and Other Plays: Tamburlaine, Parts I and II; Doctor Faustus, A & B Texts; The Jew of Malta; Edward II (Oxford World's Classics)

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Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593), a man of extreme passions and a playwright of immense talent, is the most important of Shakespeare's contempories. This edition offers his five major plays, which show the radicalism and vitality of his writing in the few years before his violent death. Tamburlaine Part One and Part Two deal with the rise to world prominence of the great Sc ...more
Paperback, Oxford World's Classics, 544 pages
Published July 10th 2008 by Oxford University Press (first published 1589)
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I'm about to do this book for Eng lit and i have to say i'm definately looking forward to it. I really enjoyed this story and the moral dilemma it proposed. what i liked the best is that Faustus didn't get away with it and went to hell - there's too many happy endings these days.
There is a certain lauded Yale scholar named Harold Bloom who says that, "while Marlowe unfolded, Shakespeare developed." Bloom has a history of saying extremely dumb things masquerading as oracular prounouncements, such as "the world after 9-11 is more dangerous", and "Shakespeare's characters are more real than real people". There is no one who makes me more ashamed to appreciate great literature than Harold Bloom, and as is usual, he is completely wrong in the case of Marlowe; if you do not s ...more
I have given this 3 stars, mainly because of the Jew of Malta, which I enjoyed very much, it did worry me somewhat all the innuendo between the monks and the nuns, but I guess it shows that even the most chaste of people cannot ignore their animal instincts. From the other plays in this collection, I enjoyed Doctor Faustus and Edward II. I really did not have a clue what was going on in Tamberlaine (in either parts), but one thng I was left with was the unsettling feeling that being loyal was no ...more
You know the story. It's classic. Marlowe was the first to adapt it from the original German version, which was then re-adapted in German by Goethe. It's a pretty sweet plot with all that devil worship and with Mephistopholes and everything.

However, what bothers me the most is that when Faustus makes his pact with the devil he doesn't really ask for much in exchange for his soul. I mean, he can have ANYTHING he wants all the time, but what does he do? He goes to Rome and plays a little trick on
Doctor Faustus is probably Marlowe's best known play, but I actually prefer Edward II. For me, Edward II is the masterful culmination of Marlowe's obsession with outsiders. Edward is presented as a weak king dominated by his male lovers, and unable to assert his authority against rebellious nobles. But in his very patheticness, Edward ultimately obtains an existential fulfillment. One important thing to note is that the plot and situation of Edward II are virtually identical to Shakespeare's Ric ...more
John W.
Tamburlaine the Great, Part I and Part II. Read before an excellent performance at the Theatre for a new Audience. After the bloody history of Tamburlaine, you appreciate more and more Shakespeare and the variety of his characters and plots.
Cynthia Garza
I read this book while in graduate during a time that my ego as an acedemician ruled and drove me. This story should have been awake up call.
will re-read for exam, but will not really put this into the 2015 reading challenge - I don't wanna cheat ;)
Rachel Brand
Read "Doctor Faustus" for EN2004: Drama: Reading and Performance, 2011

"Doctor Faustus" was a quick and simple read, only around 40 pages long. So far I've only read the A-text so it shall be interesting to read the B-text and see how it differs. I found it quite amusing in places, although perhaps unintentionally? Faustus's end was tragic but inevitable, although I'm not sure whether it suggests that God wouldn't forgive him or if he was too heavily under Lucifer's power to ask for forgiveness?
"Why this is Hell, nor am I out of it."

I always,feel like that in Ikea.
A little bit boring but ok, they are masterpieces....
Daisy Leather
Just read Doctor Faustus in an hour. Fantastic, as good as I remember. Not tackled the text-b yet though, and I think our tutor wanted us to do that... we shall see.
Dr. Gibson helped to make this so amazing. All I can say is get your friends together, play the parts and Dr. Faustus shall rise again!
Perhaps more hilarious than anything Mr. Bill Shakespeare ever wrote. Kind of clumsy, but excellent for its time.
Apr 21, 2007 Amanda rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in the coulda-been Shakespeare
Shelves: college
Edward II was my favorite of the one's I've read, though obviously Doctor Faustus is a classic.
I know it's a classic, but it's just not my thing. This is only for Dr Faustus.
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Anne Binsfeld
Loved Doctor Faustus, culturally interesting and very entertaining;)
The original Darth Vadar. What do you trade?
Bryn Hammond
Tie between Tamburlaine and The Jew of Malta.
Read a few selections from it for a class.
Cassie Tomchik
One of my favorite reads!
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Christopher "Kit" Marlowe (baptised 26 February 1564 – 30 May 1593) was an English dramatist, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era. The foremost Elizabethan tragedian next to William Shakespeare, he is known for his magnificent blank verse, his overreaching protagonists, and his own mysterious and untimely death.
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