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Cover Type: Softcover
Book Condition: Good
Jacket Condition: None Issued
Publisher: Signet/New American Library
Publisher Place: New York
Publisher Year: 2001
Description: 210 pages. Book is in general good condition. There is some light reading wear present, but still a presentable copy.
Publishers Description: Faustus, a brilliant scholar, sells his soul to the devil in exchange for limitless knowledge and powerful black magic, yet remains unfulfilled. He considers repenting, but remains too proud to ask God for forgiveness. His indecision ultimately seals his fate.Faustus' story serves as a warning to those who would sacrifice righteous living for earthly gain. But Marlowe's play is also a deeply symbolic analysis of the shift from the late medieval world to the early modern worlda”a time when the medieval view that the highest wisdom lay in the theologian's contemplations of God was yielding to the Renaissance view that the highest wisdom lay in the scientist's and statesman's rational analysis of the world around them. Caught between these ideals, Faustus is both a tragic fool destroyed by his own ambition and a hero at the forefront of a changing society. In Doctor Faustus, Marlowe thoughtfully examines faith and enlightenment, nature and sciencea”and the terrible cost of the objects of our desire.This new edition of Marlowe's classic includes a revised Introduction, a history of the play on stage, and an updated bibliography by the editor of Tufts University. Also included are generous selections from the historic source of Doctor Faustus and illuminating commentaries by...