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Faust: The First Part of the Tragedy

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Publisher Comments:

Goethe’s Faust reworks the late medieval myth of a brilliant scholar so disillusioned he resolves to make a contract with Mephistopheles. The devil will do all he asks on Earth and seeks to grant him a moment in life so glorious that he will wish it to last forever. But if Faust does bid the moment stay, he falls to Mephisto and must serve him after death. In this first part of Goethe’s great work, the embittered thinker and Mephistopheles enter into their agreement, and soon Faust is living a rejuvenated life and winning the love of the beautiful Gretchen. But in this compelling tragedy of arrogance, unfulfilled desire, and self-delusion, Faust heads inexorably toward an infernal destruction.

  • A.S. Byatt's preface considers Goethe's lifelong relationship with the myth of Faust and its influence on modern literature
  • Includes an introduction by the translator, a chronology, suggestions for further reading, explanatory notes, and an addendum on the writing of Faust

Synopsis:

Goethe viewed the writing of poetry as essentially autobiographical, and the works selected in this volume represent more than sixty years in the life of the poet. In early poems such as“Prometheus” he rails against religion in an almost ecstatic fervor, while“To the Moo” is an enigmatic meditation on the end of a love affair. The Roman Elegies show Goeth‛s use of Classical meters in an homage to ancient Rome and its poets, and“The Diary” suppressed for more than a century, is a narrative poem whose eroticism is combined with its morality. In selections from Faust, arguably his greatest and most personal work, Goethe creates an exhilarating depiction of humankin‛s eternal search for truth.

“Faithful and felicitous, these verse translations . . . are an excellent introduction to [Goeth‛s] genius”

The Daily Telegraph (London)

About the Author

David Luke is emeritus fellow of Christ Church, Oxford, and translator of Heinrich von Kleist and the Brothers Grimm for Penguin Classics.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140449013
Translator:
Constantine, David
Preface:
Byatt, A. S.
Translator:
Constantine, David
Preface by:
BYATT, A.S.
Preface:
BYATT, A.S.
Author:
BYATT, A.S.
Author:
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Author:
Constantine, David
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Drama
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Faust
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Drama-Women and Ethnic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Revised
Publication Date:
20051231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.80x5.18x.59 in. .43 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Goethe viewed the writing of poetry as essentially autobiographical, and the works selected in this volume represent more than sixty years in the life of the poet. In early poems such as“Prometheus” he rails against religion in an almost ecstatic fervor, while“To the Moo” is an enigmatic meditation on the end of a love affair. The Roman Elegies show Goeth‛s use of Classical meters in an homage to ancient Rome and its poets, and“The Diary” suppressed for more than a century, is a narrative poem whose eroticism is combined with its morality. In selections from Faust, arguably his greatest and most personal work, Goethe creates an exhilarating depiction of humankin‛s eternal search for truth.

“Faithful and felicitous, these verse translations . . . are an excellent introduction to [Goeth‛s] genius”

The Daily Telegraph (London)

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