Definition of Doctor Faustus from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Doctor Faustus

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one of the greatest plays of Christopher Marlowe, written in about 1590. Its full title is The Tragical History of Dr Faustus. It is about a man who has studied all sciences and arts and finds nothing more in the world to study, so he turns to magic. He sells his soul to the Devil in return for 24 years of power and pleasure. He enjoys his 24 years but is finally dragged away by the Devil.