Dr. Faustus - Christopher Marlowe

Dr. Faustus

By Christopher Marlowe

  • Release Date: 2019-02-08
  • Genre: Theater


“The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus”, more commonly referred to as “Dr. Faustus”, is Christopher Marlowe’s version of the famous legend of a doctor who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power. Based on the German legend of Johann Georg Faust, a magician of the German Renaissance who reportedly gained his mystical powers by selling his immortal soul to the devil, the Faustian legend has forever come to symbolize the inherent peril in dealing with unscrupulous characters and supernatural forces. Marlowe’s “Dr. Faustus” is based primarily upon an anonymous late 16th century work concerning the history of the real life Faust. The influence of the Faustian legend upon literature cannot be overstated. It has quite literally inspired dozens of versions ever since that first 16th century anonymous work, most notably of which is Goethe’s early 19th century version. Marlowe’s work, which is rivaled only by Goethe’s version of the legend, is presented here in this volume in both its 1604 and 1616 versions.