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The Tragedy of Doctor Faustus (Folger Shakespeare Library)
The Tragedy of Doctor Faustus - Folger Shakespeare Library Author:Christopher Marlowe Transcript of the play, Doctor Faustus, with 48 pages of commentary by the editors, edited by Louis B Wright and Virginia Lamar, on Christopher Marlowe, his plays, and theater and drama in Marlowe's time. The play itself is highly annotated to provide period references and to clarify some vocabulary. — Christopher Marlowe is one of the most sign... more »ificant of Elizabethan dramatises. He was a poet of genius, a pioneer innovator as a dramatist, a young man with an inquiring mind typical of the pagan Renaissance. Marlowe wrote only a handful of plays and died young. But the English stage owes him a great debt and many writers of the time, notably the young Shakespeare, observed his practices and profited by imitation.
The play dramatizes the downfall of a learned man who made a pact with the devil to gain infinite knowledge. From the time he first conjured up Mephistopheles until he was dragged down to hell, repentance could have saved him had he not been blinded by his intellectual pride.« less