Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus : With The English Faust Book

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An authoritative text of Marlowe's classic play, with notes and a substantial introduction giving historical background, dramatic context, and performance history, including cinematic history. Illustrations, a useful timeline, a list of topics designed to promote discussion, and an up-to-date bibliography. This text is based on the authoritative edition by Irving Ribner, updated, with much additional material on performance, by James H Lake. A companion volume of readings is forthcoming. Features of the text: Outstanding authorship: Irving Ribner Classic now Revised by James H Lake; Student sized. Plenty of white space invites the reader; Notes on the page highlighted for emphasis; Illustrations of theatre, movie stills; Emphasis on the work in performance; Full up-to-date bibliography; Discussion questions; Special section on performance.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 114 pages
  • 153 x 229 x 8.13mm | 200g
  • MA, United States
  • English
  • 1585100897
  • 9781585100897
  • 739,483

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Christopher Marlowe's play "Dr. Faustus" that includes features of the text: Notes on the page highlighted for emphasis Interviews on performance issues Illustrations of theater, movie stills Emphasis on the work in performance Full up-to-date bibliography Discussion questions Interview with Ralph Alan Cohen on Performance of Doctor Faustus Interview with Andreas Teuber on being Mephistopheles in Burton's Faustus Special section on performance
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Professor James Lake has done all Marlowe scholars and teachers of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama a great service in once again making available Irving Ribner's magnificent edition of Marlowe's Dr. Faustus. Ribner's edition was the finest of its era (the 1960s) and will find an eager audience in professors who prefer to use individual paperback editions of the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries rather than huge, unwieldy anthologies. Lake's new introduction traces the history of the Faust legend, places Marlowe's play in its Renaissance context, and provides a brilliant survey of the fate of Marlowe's Faustus in production on stage, film, and opera. His range of reference is astounding and extends from Simon Magus to St. Theophilis to Goethe to Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau to Orson Welles to Charlie Daniels ("The Devil Went Down to Georgia") and even to a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon. His introduction instructs even as it delights.Professor Samuel Crowl, Ohio University Marlowe's Dr. Faustus is a text used in a varietyof college and university courses including greatbooks courses, basic introductory courses in thehistory of drama, survey courses in the literature ofthe English renaissance, upper-division courses inElizabethan and Jacobean drama, senior seminars in theworks of Shakespeare and his contemporaries or in thehistory of the Faust legend. Irving Ribner's editionof Marlowe was the finest of its generation and itwill be most attractive to professors of broad surveycourses in Western Liiterature and major courses in16th Century drama to have his one-volume edition ofMarlowe's Dr. Faustus once again in print. LAKE'S REISSUE Professor James Lake has done all Marlowescholars and teachers of Elizabethan and Jacobeandrama a great service in once again making availableIrving Ribner's magnificent edition of Marlowe's Dr.Faustus. Ribner's edition was the finest of its era(the 1960s) andl
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About Christopher Marlowe

James H. Lake (Ph.D. University of Delaware) is Professor of English at Louisiana State University in Shreveport and has been appointed to the faculty of the Greco Institute. He has served as Director of the LSUS Joys of Learning Humanities Seminars for the Elderly, Director of the University's Honors Program and Director of the LSUS Master of Arts in Liberal Arts Program. He has served on numerous boards, including the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the Board of Directors of the Noel Foundation, and the editorial board of Shakespeare and the Classroom. He has published widely on Shakespeare and Shakespeare and Film, has edited the Focus-on- Performance edition of Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and is the Series Editor for the New Kittredge Shakespeare.
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