Monday, 23 December 2013

Drabble Classics - The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus


The latest in my Drabble Classics series has been posted in the Indie Book Bargains newsletter (visit www.indie-book-bargains.co.uk to sign up for the daily newsletter and get daily Kindle bargains) and I've copied it below.

The Faust legend is one of the core stories that has been revisited many times and sparked some of the great classics in literature, Goethe's Faust, Thomas Mann's Doctor Faustus and Marlowe's The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus being the three that stand out. Of the three Christopher Marlowe's play has always been my favourite and inspired my own novel Faust 2.0.

If you haven't read the rest of the Drabble Classics series then you can do so here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/p/drabble-classics.html


The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus

Low born, yet studious Faustus earned his fame and his doctorate. Through his wisdom his knowledge became keen and admired, but he wished to know all, to know beyond what mortal man should ever comprehend.

Through the darkest necromancy he agreed a pact for twenty four years of life confirmed and the devil Mephistopheles his to command. Witnessed by Lucifer and with his own blood he signed the deal and the divine warning ignored.

His wisdom now abandoned, he squandered his vast power in trivial concern. One last warning to repent he ignored and his soul tasted flame for evermore.

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