The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus
The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus by MR Christopher Marlowe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A play version, based upon the original. Having read other books that reference the exploits of Faustus, I felt that reading the original story would aid in a fuller understanding.

This is the original tale of a deal with the Devil. AKA Mephistopheles. It is an old style moral tale of trying to initially cheat nature, and then subsequently break an agreement or hide from the consequences. Which he ultimately fails to do.

Most likely a much shorter version, in order for it to work as a performed piece, and as such moves quickly between scenes. This version makes use of many footnotes, and requires you to jump forwards and backwards within the text. In terms of a quick-read this is a good start, however I think you will need to seek out the original text if you want the full story.

One thing the Kindle version is useful for is when you are presented with old English phrasing, you can look up the words in the built in dictionary!

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  1. Hi Julia, got your link from Linkedin about Dr. Faustus.
    I never read Dr. Faustus or Fahrenheit 451 but saw both films a number of times, back when Jesus was a lad. Obviously made an impression as I can still remember some scenes.
    Wouldn’t mind having a look at them again, see how they aged.


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