Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus

A Two-text Edition (A-text, 1604; B-text, 1616) Contexts and Sources Criticism

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Renaissance England’s great tragedy of intellectual overreaching is as relevant and unsettling today as it was when first performed at the end of the sixteenth century.
This edition provides newly edited texts of both the 1604 (A-Text) and 1616 (B-Text) versions of the play, each with detailed explanatory annotations. "Sources and Contexts" includes a generous selection from Marlowe’s main source, The Damnable Life and Deserved Death of Dr. John Faustus, along with contemporary writings on magic and religion (including texts by Agrippa, Calvin, and Perkins) that establish the play’s intellectual background. This volume also reprints early documents relating to the writing and publication of the play and to its first performances, along with contemporary comments on Marlowe’s scandalous reputation. Twenty-five carefully chosen interpretations—written from the eighteenth century to the present—allow students to enrich their critical understanding of the play. These diverse critical essays include classic analyses by Charles Lamb, William Hazlitt, and A. C. Swinburne, among others, and recent criticism from, among others, Michael Neill, Katharine Eisaman Maus, Alison Findlay, Stephen Orgel, and David Bevington. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2005.
ISBN: 9780393977547
Characteristics: 430 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kastan, David Scott


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Jul 13, 2016

Extraordinary! Great! Where I thought much of it might be stodgy, it turned out out to be even more interesting. Perhaps my favourite aspect of it is the section that includes 'background' materials, like the legends on which it is based. The academic essays selected are never stodgy either, and some (one giving a feminist take on the work) giving an interesting angle on the work.


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