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------------------------------------------------- Doctor Faustus (play) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus | Frontispiece to a 1620 printing of Doctor Faustus showing Faustus conjuring Mephistophilis. | Written by | Christopher Marlowe | Characters | Doctor Faustus Chorus Wagner Good Angel Bad Angel Valdes Cornelius Three scholars Lucifer Mephistophilis Robin Beelzebub Seven Deadly Sins Dick Pope Adrian VI Raymond, King ofHungary Bruno Two Cardinals Archbishop of Rheims Friars Vintner Martino Frederick Benvolio Charles V Duke of Saxony Two soldiers Horse courser Carter Hostess of a tavern Duke and Duchess of Vanholt ServantOld man | Mute | Darius Alexander the Great Alexander's Paramour Helen of Troy DevilsPiper | Date premiered | c. 1592 | Original language | English | Genre | Tragedy | Setting | 16th century Europe | The Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, commonly referred to simply as Doctor Faustus, is a play by Christopher Marlowe, based on the Faust story, in which a man sells his soul to the devil for power and knowledge. Doctor Faustus was first published in 1604, eleven years after Marlowe's death and at least twelve years after the first performance of the play. "No Elizabethan play outside the Shakespeare canon has raised more controversy than Doctor Faustus. There is no agreement concerning the nature of the text and the date of composition... and the centrality of the Faust legend in the history of the Western world precludes any definitive agreement on the interpretation of the play..."[1] Contents [hide] * 1 Performance * 2 Text * 2.1 The two versions * 2.2 Comic scenes * 3 Sources * 4 Structure * 5 Synopsis * 5.1 Faustus learns necromancy * 5.2 The pact with Lucifer *

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