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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
Paperback, 296 pages
Published March 3rd 2011 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
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
A good critical edition, though more interesting because of its historical significance than its literary quality. Jones' contributions are priceless.
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