Faustus,' a treatment of the medieval story which two hundred years later was to serve Goethe for his masterpiece; with 'The Jew of Malta,' which was to give Shakspere suggestions for 'The Merchant of Venice'; and with
But finest of all is the description of beauty by its effects which Marlowe puts into the mouth of Faustus at the sight of Helen of Troy:
Plain man, as you see me, I find myself getting quite the reputation of a Doctor Faustus in the popular mind.
If you don't mind trusting yourself in the clutches of Doctor Faustus," he said, with a gay smile, "I shall be delighted to see you if you are ever in the neighborhood of Barkingham.
He wants you partickler; and no one else 'll do, as the devil's private secretary said ven he fetched avay Doctor Faustus
,' replied Mr.
32) Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus
, in The Complete Plays, ed.
Productions included an updated version of Tony Harrison's mystery cycle (which demanded as much endurance as Moby-Dick and which, fortunately, need not detain us here) as well as a new production of Marlowe's Doctor Faustus
, reviewed below.
Of the two first productions, Dr Faustus
is interesting, but perhaps marginally the less successful.
Instead, Kearney turns to three major works of English Renaissance literature--Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus
, and William Shakespeare's The Tempest--to locate three very different ways in which the early modern imagination encountered the cultural anxieties produced by the paradoxes surrounding sacred books.
In this study Christa Knellworth King attempts the very intriguing project of tracing the significance of the Faustus
myth from the chapbook sources for Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus
to the debased versions of the tale in the farces and harlequinades of the early eighteenth century.
The Atlanta Shakespeare Company's adaptation of Doctor Faustus
was a self-proclaimed vacillation between Marlowe and Goethe, at least on the surface.
Other than a recurring interest in Faustus
(acknowledged in both the cover illustration and the introduction) and secondarily in The Jew of Malta, there are few clear connections here.