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Dr. Faustus
First edition title page, 1604
Written by Christopher Marlowe
Characters Dr. Faustus
Date of premiere ca. 1592
Place of premiere London, England
Original language English
Subject Devil worship
Genre Tragedy
Setting 16th century Europe

The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus is a play by Christopher Marlowe. It is a tragedy. Marlowe's source was The English Faust Book of 1592. The play was first performed about 1592. It was first published in 1604. It tells of a scholar who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for youth, power, knowledge, and wisdom. The play contains the well known line, "Was this the face that launch'd a thousand ships?" The play was released as a movie in 1967 starring Richard Burton.