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Dr. Faustus

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One of the glories of Elizabethan drama: Marlowe's powerful retelling of the story of the learned German doctor who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power. Footnotes.
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Published (first published January 1st 1592)
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Daniel (Assuming you mean when Faustus' blood congeals.)

His blood clotting is supposed to be an example of nature - or god - trying to stop Faustus from…more
(Assuming you mean when Faustus' blood congeals.)

His blood clotting is supposed to be an example of nature - or god - trying to stop Faustus from selling his soul. It may also indicate that God does little whilst temptation (that being Mephistopheles) will out do Gods efforts. (less)
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Manny
Mar 06, 2012 Manny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Selling Your Soul: A Short PowerPoint Presentation

Good morning. I recall reading an article about Tony Blair

Tony Blair

where the columnist said that one of the surprising things about selling your soul is that the price usually turns out to be so low. There is, indeed, a tendency to think that it's a question of getting an advantageous deal. Here, Faust has landed himself a terrific package, even better than the one Keanu Reaves gets in The Devil's Advocate.

The Devil's Advocate

The top item is Sex With Helen Of Troy. Let me q
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Kalliope
Apr 06, 2014 Kalliope rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, britain



I keep thinking of Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) as if he had been his own Faustus, but he must have been tricked because he did not get his twenty-four years of devilish powers. Just a few, very few in fact.

He was a writer of sharp wits who could flex his Disputatio abilities better than a dagger, and had an impeccable formal education of a solidity that even his more famous contemporary would have wished for himself.

So soon he profits in divinity,
The fruitful plot of scholarism graced,
That
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Bookworm Sean
Nov 12, 2015 Bookworm Sean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, plays
Doctor Faustus is a tragic figure. He is a confused man bursting with ambition and a thirst for knowledge, but at the same time conflicted in his morals. Faustus is also a genius; he has studied Aristotle’s teachings but finds them beneath him and craves something more suited to his superior intellect. He decides to study the dark art of Necromancy. Through this he summons the devil and he quickly sells his soul for more power; thus, this could only end one way.

A Tragic fall from grace

“His waxe
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Lotz
May 15, 2015 Lotz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
How to Become a Successful Elizabethan Playwright in 7 Easy Steps

1. Consider visiting Elizabethan England. When you're there, take careful notes. The first thing you'll notice is that most people talk in blank verse. Spend enough time there, and you might start speaking like that too!

2. Set a routine! Successful writers abide by a careful schedule, allowing them to keep their work on track. Most Elizabethan playwrights prefer to write in the morning, setting aside the evening for brothels, bar
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Andrew Breslin
I don't know about you, but my idea of a good time is to sneak into a gathering of Elizabethan literary scholars and just provoke the living shit out of them. I like to get them feuding about whether Shakespeare was a genius of surpassing magnitude, standing well above Marlowe and the rest in raw poetic brilliance, or simply the only one among the group who attended a marketing class. It's fun to re-open the perpetual debate on Edward de Vere's alleged authorship of the Bard's plays, then sit ba ...more
Aubrey
This work came at an odd time for me. The English class I read it for gave a quiz on it today, while my other English class went over Wordsworth's 'Tintern Abbey' in great detail, a poem that is heavily concerned with coming back to a familiar setting after five years gone and rhapsodizing upon the findings. The first time I read this work, it was fall quarter of Junior year of my UCLA Bioengineering degree and I was keeping my head afloat the equational sea with classical literature in my spare ...more
Mahdi
سوژه ى داستان بسيار عالى و جذابه:
دكتر فاستوس، دانشمندى دينى، كه همه ى علوم زمانه ى خود را به كمال آموخته و در راه تحصيل و تدريس پير شده است، شبى پى مى برد كه تمام تلاش يك عمرش بيهوده بوده و هيچ طرفى از تحصيل اين علوم بر نبسته است.
در نتيجه، طى معامله اى با شيطان، حاضر مى شود كه روح خود را بدو بفروشد و در مقابل، بيست سال در آسايش و تنعم تمام و با قدرت و دانشى بى نهايت زندگى كند. قرار داد را با خون خويش نوشته، امضا مى كند و بدين ترتيب، برده ى حلقه به گوش شيطان مى گردد.
پتانسيل سرشارى داره اين سوژه و
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Forrest
Jan 22, 2013 Forrest rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I tease my daughter incessantly about the true identity of Shakespeare, I have to admit that while a lot of evidence points towards Christopher Marlowe and Shakespeare being the same person, I can't, in all honesty, hold up the play The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus as a Shakespeare-worthy text. Yes, the magical element present in so much of Shakespeare's work is here, yes, there is a good dose of humor, and, yes, the writing itself is, well, Shakespearean. But Doctor Faustus' humor i ...more
Bruce
Oct 20, 2013 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marlowe has written this excellent play in skillful blank verse. Faustus’s learning and ambition are boundless, rooted in a dissatisfaction with human achievement and ultimately based on the realization that death ends all, making any achievement seem finally futile. Many Latin quotations are included in the play, all translated in the text or the end notes, each reinforcing Faustus’s learning. He turns finally to the occult, to necromancy, in order to move beyond mere human power. Is this one o ...more
Liam
Oct 19, 2015 Liam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As dark and twisted as this was, it was actually really great!!

The start was a little slow but when it gets going I really started to enjoy it. The story is very weird and messed up but it made it that bit more entertaining!
Laila
Doktor Faustus'u benim için bu kadar önemli kılan şey Goethe'nin eserine esin kaynağı olmuş olmasıydı. Uzun zamandır okumak istiyordum... İngiliz Edebiyatı klasigi olmasının yanında cehennem ve şeytan göndermeleri de çok ilgi çekiciydi diye başlamış olayım.

Başka yayın evlerinden okuma şansım olduğu halde Sıla Kültür'ün sınırlı sayıda bastığı eseri tercih ettim. Çevirmeni sevgili İsmail Cengar'la da tanışınca doğru kararı verdiğimi anladım. İnsanın bir kitabın çeviri sürecine, bu süreçte yaşanan
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Emadeddin
Dec 05, 2015 Emadeddin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“Hell is just a frame of mind”

When you finish reading Doctor Faustus, you become extremely confused and you keep asking yourself a crucial philosophical question: Are we born good or evil? And that leads you to another question: What is the purpose of existence? Then, you find yourself obligated to answer an overwhelming question: Do we understand God correctly?

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When we go back in time to Adam and Eve, we know that their first sin, which resulted in their banishment from Heaven, was the hunger
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Amber Tucker
Dec 27, 2010 Amber Tucker rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elizabethan lit students
Recommended to Amber by: Dr. Nichols, Drama 1701
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Katy
Jan 01, 2013 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, on-hold
Book Info: Genre: Play/Classical works
Reading Level: Adults
Recommended for: all
Trigger Warnings: IT BE OF THE DIVVEL!! (well, not really, but you know... it does express some views that might upset religious people. Details below)

Disclosure: This was my “random read” for November; unfortunately I could not manage it until now. I actually have two copies of this, both of which I picked up free: one from The Internet Archive and one from Project Gutenberg. I’ve chosen the Gutenberg edition to read
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Danya
Well, well, what do you know? Selling
your soul to the devil isn't a good idea after all! Who would've guessed it? All kidding aside, I love Marlowe and I think he's an amazing playwright. The combination of high and low art in Doctor Faustus is genius. Even a play about greed, hubris, and damnation needs a few dick jokes, amirite?
Alex
There are two texts for Marlowe's definitive treatment of the Faust myth, and no real consensus on which is more authoritative. The A text is shorter and punchier, but the B text includes some good stuff too. The arguments, briefly:

- Marlowe expanded his hit play into the B text, which is therefore authoritative;
- Someone else added some shit in later, so the A text is authoritative.

Don't believe the Wikipedia page, btw, it's a mess.

I prefer the A text. The B text is quite a bit longer, and whil
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Epiero
Nov 23, 2015 Epiero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Luego de buscar algún comentario al respecto del libro Inferno encontré un blog cuyo comentario me detuvo a leerlo, pero más que su desarrollo lo que me llamó la atención fue la cita previa.

FAUSTO.— Primero te preguntaré acerca del infierno. Dime, ¿dónde está ese
lugar que los hombres llaman infierno?
MEFISTÓFELES.- Bajo los cielos.
FAUSTO.- Sí, pero ¿dónde?
MEFISTÓFELES. — Dentro de las entrañas de los elementos, y en él somos torturados y permanecemos eternamente. No tiene límites, ni está circun
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AGamarra
No sé si influyó el hecho de haber leído otras obras de Marlowe previamente como "Dido, reina de Cartago" o "La masacre de París" cuyos temas me gustan más que el tema de Fausto. Y de seguro también el saber su leyenda por la obra de Goethe influyó para que no me guste tanto pues hay un personaje importante que falta!, como digo considerando la obra de Goethe.
La historia narra la desventura del Dr. Faustus, quien en su deseo de alcanzar conocimientos prohibidos y más allá de lo que él sabía por
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Caroline
Jan 10, 2016 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started Goethe’s Faust, then decided I needed to research editions and take a look at at least one earlier version of the story. This New Mermaid edition of Marlowe’s play is the earlier, A text, so it is shorter and tighter and more surely Marlowe than the later, ‘improved’ B edition published many years after his murder (if he did die, but this is not a history review). Definitely Renaissance, and I felt Marlowe speaking through Faustus. He wants to know things, wants power and gold, but mos ...more
Thomas
A short, entertaining play about a German doctor who sells his soul to the devil. It contains elements of humor and causes one to reflect on the nature of power, sin, and forgiveness. The atypical nature of certain aspects of the story - like the jocular nature of the Seven Deadly Sins and the utilization of Satanic powers to play pranks - made this work stand out and fun to discuss. Recommended for those who have any interest in plays, horror, fantasy, heaven and hell, and Marlowe.
Linah
Oct 22, 2015 Linah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Had to read this as part of my course, can't say I understood everything crystal clear- but nevertheless what I did understand I enjoyed. I knew from reading a short description it'd be right up my street! I'm a sucker for that type of history ( Angels/ demons) and of course lucifer so as you can imagine I was very pleased and excited to read it.
Having taken drama as a gcse I understood a lot of the structure and language used, so it didn't make me long to get into it- and when I did, the story
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John
May 23, 2011 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
Though Marlow was born the same year as Shakespeare, he really can't be considered in the same league as The Bard. Doctor Faustus is not a good play, but it is a gutsy one (for the time), and probably a lot more interesting to study than to read. I've never seen a play attempt to be this scary before, but it's far too cheesy and the writing too weak (though there are a couple of great passages) to continue to produce its intended effect in this day and age. Faustus himself is one of the most unl ...more
Michael
I have a strange fascination with stories involving Satan, Hell, and the like. I love seeing authors' different spins on the underworld. Dante's Inferno presents a more traditional view, No Exit shows it from an existential perspective, and so on. Dr. Faustus, however, mostly lets the reader make what he or she will given the minimal stage directions and descriptions. Whenever the Seven Deadly Sins or Lucifer ventured onto the stage, they weren't explicitly described, and that was probably my fa ...more
Rob
May 04, 2009 Rob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit-studies, drama
Every time someone trots out the idea that Marlowe write Shakespeare, I think of this, and shake my head. It's a great concept, but Marlowe's hero is hardly the romantic figure we might expect. Instead Dr. Faustus, at many times seems, ah, rather less than decisive or intellectually gifted

Of course, the real reason for Faustus's indecisiveness and bumbling is that this work is the child of morality plays, and has the same problem that DC comics did when they decided to give the Joker his own com
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Katie Herring
Oct 05, 2015 Katie Herring rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: play
"Knowledge is power" but perhaps, in this case, the thirst for power can damn the soul.

This was quite shocking-- not what I was expecting at all! It's only the late 1500s, after all.

I like Marlowe-- I'd be interested in reading his other plays on my own time.
Nicole
Jan 11, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Faustus sells his soul to the devil for knowledge and power on Earth. Then the obvious happens.
Till swoln with cunning, of a self-conceit, His waxen wings did mount above his reach, And, melting, heavens conspir'd his overthrow
This was the first play I'd read since high school (almost a decade ago now...) and I really enjoyed it. Before starting, I was intimidated by whether the language would be too lofty or 'olde' for me to appreciate the story, but it was far more readable than I expected. Th
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Holly
I re-read this for University, and found I enjoyed it far more than I did last year. I think mostly because I took my time a bit more. I'm really looking forward to studying this now!
Reid
Can't say I liked this, though I loved Goethe's version and I also liked Marlowe's The Jew of Malta. Nothing much is discussed or happens except some silly pranks. [Edit, he does actually question the ideas of hell and heaven, in a way that must have been pretty daring then.] Like nearly all of us, when Doctor F. looks death in the face he's a bit scared and wants to be saved. I guess Marlowe was somewhat constrained by the times when it comes to criticizing the church and religion, though he is ...more
David
Nov 15, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, drama, x, 2014, class, review
David Bevington and Eric Rasmussen’s Revels Plays edition of Dr Faustus has been the go-to critical edition of the play for twenty years, so it is good to see it finally making an appearance in a student edition. Most welcome is the fact that it contains both the A- and B-texts, as all the student editions available so far feature only one. Unlike the critical edition on which it is based, the two texts are presented side by side, which makes it easy to compare the versions.

The editors have prov
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Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
Something more than 5 stars..?! Well.. There are things beyond mere rating,you see.. The matter with classics is that you get to hear and read more about them before you really attempt to read them. They are like your friend's friend. You might not have met him. But you know almost everything about him.

Speaking personally..

I had been wanting to read this book ever since I started reading about Shakespeare,and that was during my schooldays. But I was forced into reading this book because of anot
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Christopher "Kit" Marlowe (baptised 26 February 1564) 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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