Surprisingly 2 english prose works
1. 1592: "The Historie of the damnable life, and deserved death
of Doktor John Faustus", by P.F.gent -
2. 1594: "The second Report of Doktor John Faustus, containing
his appearances and the deedes of Wagner"by a frend of the same
gentleman.: elaborating the story of the magican (s. Title-Faksimiles)
of an anonymous author provides the backgrounds of Doktor Faustus. At first there can be no doubt that both works were written by the same author, Christopher Marlowe, the author of the Faustus play "The tragicall Historie..." of the same year, 1592
There is no room to discuss in detail the many arguments for the authorship of these works. But notice that in the preface of the „Second work 1594“ the anonymous author clearly admits that even most of the text 1592 “certainely is most credible and out of all question" the text contained many free inventions of the author: “…..but I have talked with the man that first wrote them [the words], having them from Wagners very friend, wherin he saith many things are corrupted, some added de novo, some canceld and taken away, & many were augmented.“
Reading the text of "the first report"(1592) undoubtedly the figure of Dr.Faustus is a metaphor for the exceptional nature of the author himself [Marlowe/alias Shakespeare] .
The "Second Report"(1594) strongly supports the idea that concealed Marlowe was alive!