The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus – Christopher Marlowe
The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus – The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, commonly referred to simply as Doctor Faustus, is an Elizabethan tragedy by Christopher Marlowe, based on German stories about the title character Faust, that was first performed sometime between 1588 and Marlowe’s death in 1593. Two different versions of the play were published in the Jacobean era, several years later.
The powerful effect of early productions of the play is indicated by the legends that quickly accrued around them—that actual devils once appeared on the stage during a performance, “to the great amazement of both the actors and spectators”, a sight that was said to have driven some spectators mad.
Playwright, poet. Christopher Marlowe was a poet and playwright at the forefront of the 16th-century dramatic renaissance. His works influenced William Shakespeare and generations of writers to follow. Christopher Marlowe’s short career, he produced one of the most controversial and well-known plays of all time, “Doctor Faustus.” The truth behind his sudden death still remains suspicious and unresolved. Born in Canterbury, England, in 1564. While Christopher Marlowe’s literary career lasted less than six years, and his life only 29 years, his achievements, most notably the play The Tragicall History of Doctor Faustus, ensured his lasting legacy. Christopher Marlowe was born in Canterbury around February 26, 1564 (this was the day on which he was baptized). He went to King’s School and was awarded a scholarship that enabled him to study at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, from late 1580 until 1587. Marlowe earned his bachelor of arts degree in 1584, but in 1587 the university hesitated in granting him his master’s degree. Its doubts (perhaps arising from his frequent absences, or speculation that he had converted to Roman Catholicism and would soon attend college elsewhere) were set to rest, or at least dismissed, when the Privy Council sent a letter declaring that he was now working “on matters touching the benefit of his country,” and he was awarded his master’s degree on schedule. –This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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