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Master Faustus (short story)

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Master Faustus
Main character(s): Christopher Marlowe
Main enemy: The Master
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Printed in: The Shakespeare Notebooks
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Master Faustus is the sixteenth story of The Shakespeare Notebooks, featuring the Master.

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One of the more extraordinary inclusions in the Shakespeare Notebooks in this extract from a play entitled Master Faustus. On the face of it, this seems to be either an early draft or a reworking of the play Doctor Faustus - which was written, of course, by Shakespeare's contemporary Christopher Marlowe. Or was it? Did Shakespeare include in his Notebooks material actually written by Mawlowe, or is this proof that Marlowe himself derived his own work from a previous text by Shakespeare?

Whatever the truth, this extract makes for fascinating reading - not least for the inclusion of Marlowe as a character within the drama. His death has some resonance with the actual event, though with its inclusion of 'Daleks' (presumably evil spirits) this is evidently intended as a 'fantasie'.

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