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Author: Christopher Marlowe; David M Bevington; Eric Rasmussen
Publisher: Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. exclusively by Palgrave Macmillian, 2014.
Series: Revels student editions.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Drama : English : Parallel-text edView all editions and formats
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Dr. Faustus is one of the jewels of early modern English drama, and is still widely performed today. Interestingly, the play has come down to the contemporary audience in two distinct versions that have become known as the "A" and the "B" texts. David Bevington and Eric Rasmussen, who edited the original Revels edition over twenty years ago, have hit upon the fascinating idea of presenting both texts on facing  Read more...
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Named Person: Christopher Marlowe
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Marlowe; David M Bevington; Eric Rasmussen
ISBN: 9780719081996 0719081998
OCLC Number: 890250163
Notes: "Based on The Revels Plays edition edited by David Bevington and Eric Rasmussen published by Manchester University Press, 1993."
Description: 191 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: IntroductionThe texts -- .
Series Title: Revels student editions.
Other Titles: Doctor Faustus
Responsibility: Christopher Marlowe ; edited by David Bevington and Eric Rasmussen.

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Dr. Faustus is one of the jewels of early modern English drama, and is still widely performed today. Interestingly, the play has come down to the contemporary audience in two distinct versions that have become known as the "A" and the "B" texts. David Bevington and Eric Rasmussen, who edited the original Revels edition over twenty years ago, have hit upon the fascinating idea of presenting both texts on facing pages. This allows readers to compare the two "versions", the "A" text which is the one closest to Marlowe, and the longer "B" text with additions by Samuel Rowley; in this unique edition, the reader is made aware of the changing tastes of audiences, the stage history of the play, and of just how intricate "editing" a play can be. With a concise and illuminating introduction, and relevant notes and images, this Revels Student Edition of the "A" and "B" texts of Dr. Faustus will prove to be an enthralling document, and an excellent edition for student and theatre-goer alike.

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