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Title: Goethe's Faust: Part 1: A New American Version (Pt. 1)
ISBN: 0811200566
ISBN13: 978-0811200561
Other Formats: lrf docx lit rtf
Pages: 192 pages
Publisher: New Directions (January 17, 1957)
Language: English
Category: Literature & Fiction
Size PDF version: 1633 kb
Size EPUB version: 1775 kb
Subcategory: Dramas & Plays




Goethe said that all his works were "one long confession," and certainly into Faust, this greatest masterwork of German literature, on which he worked sixty years, he welded his own search for meaning of existence and of the soul.

From the wager between God and Mephistopheles and the pact Faust makes with the latter―that this genial, urbane devil could have his soul if ever Faust became satisfied with any experience or knowledge Mephistopheles could show him―the drama unfolds in scenes that are human and compelling, that hold the reader by their despair and ecstasy, their tender love, passionate desire and wisdom, but also by their gaiety, humor, and irony. As Faust proceeds with his devilish guide, it is his striving for understanding that becomes important, not the attainment, and in fact this is what saves him in the end. Part I of Faust, which Goethe published twenty-four years before its sequel, deals with Faust's journey through the everyday world and his love for Gretchen. It is made especially memorable in this translation, which Victor Lange, Chairman of the Department of German at Princeton, has called "certainly the most usable and most appealing Faust translation in English. It is modern without losing the dignity of the original and is perhaps the only translation that conveys something of the freshness and poetic vitality of Goethe's own speech."