Dr. Faustus, Day 4

Dr. Faustus, Day 4 Dr. Faustus on the Stage Marlowe’s play has a rich and enduring stage history. It was his most successful play and was performed many times throughout the 1590’s and into the early 17th c. until the closing of London theatres in 1642.  As was typical of presentational theatre, the play was … Continue reading

Dr. Faustus, Day 3

Dr. Faustus, Day 3 Rereading Act 1 Scene 3, in which Dr. Faustus signs a contract with his own blood agreeing to give his soul over to Lucifer in exchange for 24 years of “liv[ing] in all voluptuousness,” made me recall a fairly common childhood ritual, often though not always involving ketchup as a substitute … Continue reading

Dr. Faustus, Day 2

A few facts about Marlowe: Born 1564 (2 months before Shakespeare). Died 1593. Cause of death was long believed to have been a fatal wound received during a duel outside a London tavern, though some suggested it was a plotted murder assassination. In 1925, a man named Leslie Hotson discovered the inquest that followed Marlowe’s … Continue reading

Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, Day 1

Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe                     I was on the road all day, literally, and am a little late posting some online resources for studying Marlowe and his tragedy of Faustus.  Hopefully, we can delve into the discussion questions tomorrow.  I’m curious to hear how or … Continue reading

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