Doctor Faustus

Social, political and cultural context

Nigel Heard        Tudor Economy and Society. Access to History. London: Hodder Arnold, 1992.

David Loades         Elizabeth I. London: Hambledon Continuum, 2005.

Lacey Baldwin     Smith    Treason in Tudor England: Politics and Paranoia. London: Pimlico, 2006.

David Starkey        Elizabeth. London: Vintage, 2001.

Keith Thomas        Religion and the Decline of Magic. London: Weidenfeld &                 Nicolson, 1971.

Penry Williams     The Later Tudors: England 1547-1603. New Oxford History of England. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Keith Wrightson     English Society 1580-1680. London: Routledge, 1993.

General works on the Elizabethan theatre

A. R. Braunmuller and M. Hattaway (eds.)     The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Drama.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Julia Briggs        This Stage Play-World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.

G. E. Bentley    The Profession of Dramatist in Shakespeare's Time, 1590-1642. Princeton, 1971.

G. E. Bentley        The Profession of Player in Shakespeare's Time, 1590-1642. Princeton, 1984.

Alexander Leggatt    English Drama: Shakespeare to the Restoration, 1590-1660. London: Longman, 1988.

Works by Christopher Marlowe

David Bevington and Eric Rasmussen (eds.)     Doctor Faustus and Other Plays. Oxford World's Classics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Mark Burnett (ed.)    Christopher Marlowe: the Complete Plays. Everyman Paperbacks. London: J. M. Dent, 1999.

Roma Gill and Ros King     Doctor Faustus. New Mermaids. Methuen Drama. London: A & C. Black, 2008.

David Kastan (ed.)     Doctor Faustus. Norton Critical Editions. New York: W. W. Norton, 2005.

Stephen Orgel (ed.)    Christopher Marlowe: the Complete Poems and Translations. Penguin Classics. London: Penguin, 2007.

Frank Romany and Robert Lindsey (eds.)    Christopher Marlowe: The Complete Plays. Penguin Classics. London: Penguin, 2003.

Biographies of Christopher Marlowe

Anthony Burgess    A Dead Man in Deptford. London: Hutchinson, 1993.

  • An enjoyable novel about Marlowe's life and death.

Park Honan        Christopher Marlowe: Poet and Spy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. An excellent modern biography.

Lisa Hopkins        Christopher Marlowe: A Literary Life. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2000.

  • Part of an excellent series studying author's literary careers.

Charles Nicholls    The Reckoning. London: Jonathan Cape, 1991.

  • An exploration of the circumstances surrounding Marlowe's death.

Critical works on Marlowe and Doctor Faustus

Patrick Cheney (ed.)    The Cambridge Companion to Christopher Marlowe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Sarah Deats and Robert Logan (eds.)     Placing the Plays of Christopher Marlowe. Farnham: Ashgate, 2008.

Darryl Grantley and Peter Roberts (eds,)    Christopher Marlowe and English Renaissance Culture. Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1996.

Thomas Healy        Christopher Marlowe. Writers and their Work. London: Northcote House, 1994.

Lisa Hopkins and Sean McEvoy (eds.)    Christopher Marlowe: Renaissance Dramatist. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008.

John Jump (ed.)    Marlowe: Doctor Faustus: a Casebook. London: Macmillan, 1969.

Michael Mangan    Doctor Faustus. Penguin Critical Studies. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1989.

Roger Sales        Christopher Marlowe. Macmillan Dramatists. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1991.

Simon Shepherd.    Marlowe and the Politics of Elizabethan Theatre. London: Prentice-Hall, 1988.

Stevie Simkin        A Preface to Marlowe. London: Longman, 2000.

Stevie Simkin        Marlowe: the Plays. Analysing Texts. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001.

William Tydeman    Doctor Faustus. Text and Performance. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1984.

Richard Wilson (ed.)    Christopher Marlowe. Longman Critical Readers. London: Longman, 1999.

All of the books listed in this section have chapters or substantial passages on Doctor Faustus, easily found from the contents page or the index.


  • A site maintained by the Marlowe Society, which includes information about Marlowe's life and context as well as booklists.

  • A list of literature sites

Doctor Faustus on DVD

Doctor Faustus (1967)

  • A DVD of a University of Cambridge student production with the Hollywood stars Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor as Faustus and Helen of Troy.
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