Table of Contents


Preface to the First Broadview Literary Texts Edition, 1991


  1. The rationale for a new edition of Doctor Faustus
    1. Narratives of textual transmission
    2. Dissidence and orthodoxy in the textual history of Doctor Faustus
    3. Leah Marcus’s “Marlowe effect”: a new orthodoxy?
    4. Master-narratives of textual criticism
    5. Textual-critical fashions and paradigms
  2. Christopher Marlowe, 1564-1593
  3. The historical Dr. Faustus, c. 1466-c. 1537
  4. The legend of Faustus
  5. Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus: source and contexts
    1. The primary source
    2. Informing contexts
  6. Dates and authorship of the A and B versions
  7. Ideological motives in the B-text revisions
  8. The A and B texts of Doctor Faustus
    1. A problem solved—and re-solved
    2. The revised ending of III. ii
    3. A permissive stage direction in V. i
    4. Compositorial evidence
    5. Local B-text priority: some preliminary questions
    6. II. iii: Orb, spheres and heavens
    7. III. Chorus: Celestial itineraries
    8. Further points of B-text priority in III. i and II. i
    9. Conclusion
  9. The present A-version edition
    1. “Copy-text”
    2. Act and scene divisions
    3. Restoration of misplaced scenes
  10. Abbreviations: Editions of Doctor Faustus
    1. Early editions
    2. Editions containing both versions
    3. A-version editions
    4. B-version editions
    5. Conflations of the A and B versions
  11. Abbreviations: Works Cited

The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus

  • Dramatis personae

    Act I
    Act II
    Act III
    Act IV
    Act V
    Textual Collations: 1604 Edition

Appendix A: The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus (1616 version)

  • Dramatis personae
    Act I
    Act II
    Act III
    Act IV
    Act V
    Textual Collations: 1616 Edition

Appendix B: Excerpts from The Historie of the damnable life, and deserved death of Doctor John Faustus (1592)

Appendix C: Excerpts from Henricus Cornelius Agrippa, De incertitudine et vanitate scientiarum (1530) and De occulta philosophia libri tres

Appendix D: Excerpts from Jean Calvin, The Institution of Christian Religion, trans. Thomas Norton (1561)

Posted on January 25, 2016