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The English Faust Book: A Critical Edition, Based On The Text Of 1592

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First published in 1994, this scholarly edition of a major Renaissance text is edited and introduced by John Henry Jones, a leading expert on the Faust legend. The English translation of the best-selling German Faust Book of 1587 has long been known as Marlowe's principal source for Dr Faustus. The earliest surviving edition of this translation, published in 1592, is here ...more
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published May 12th 1994 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1592)
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E.A. Bucchianeri
For years, scholars of the printed legacy of the Faust legend have been bereft of a complete edition featuring the various Faust books translated into English from the German original (the Spies edition from Frankfurt, printed in 1587). At last, John Henry Jones has compiled an excellent critical text from the famous Orwin Edition of the English Faust book (printed 1592) that incorporates all the various alterations that occurred with the numerous reprints.

Orwin's edition is the earliest survivi
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Mkfs
Mar 30, 2016 Mkfs rated it it was amazing
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This is certainly the edition of the English Faust Book to read. A hundred or so pages of introduction, including the author's comparison of the English and German versions of the text, and his investigation of plausible author for the English version. The text is as complete as it gets, with non-canonical passages in bold, and at the end there are copious notes.

As for the rest, well, it's the core story of Faust, a translation of the Jack Chick-like tract published only a few years after Faustu
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Jan 09, 2015 Burcu added it
The English Faust Book is one of the earliest known translations of the German Faust Book of Johann Spiess and is the known source for Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus. This scholarly edition has a good introduction. It is very informative on all aspects of the text from translation to textual comparisons. The edition itself provides the English Faust Book as translation, comparing it with the German original on the same page. It would interest particularly those who do textual/manuscript re ...more
sologdin
prose adaption of the old german faust book, translated by one "P. F.," upon which Marlowe drew as his principal source text.

one of the great things about it is the representation of faust's katabasis, which is vaguely noted in Marlowe, but was unrepresented in the text (it may well have been unlawful to represent it). In chapter 20 of this text, therefore, faust is taken to hell bodily to meet with Lucifer et al. good times were had by all!
Jared Zachary
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A good critical edition, though more interesting because of its historical significance than its literary quality. Jones' contributions are priceless.
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