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The Tragicall History of D. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe in Textual Criticism

The Tragicall History of D. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

Here's another play about devils. It's Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, and it's the story of the brilliant Faustus, who makes a pact with the devil: he gives him his soul in exchange for knowledge and power.

Like most literary works from the Renaissance period, there are a lot of questions surrounding Marlowe's play, partly due to the fact that it's been passed down to us in a number of versions.

Let's have a look at some of the opening lines of the play. Faustus is in his study, doing what he likes to do: you know, study.

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