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A comprehensive exploration of Dr. Faust, the man who sold his soul to the devil, and those who dared to tell his tale.

Volume I includes: New insights into the life and times of the historical Dr. Faustus, the notorious occultist and charlatan who reputedly declared the devil was his 'brother-in-law'. A detailed study of the first Faust books and the popular Faustian folk tales. Original discussion on Christopher Marlowe's famous drama and his 'atheistic' rendition of the Faustian myth, including a unique and controversial analysis of the A and B texts. The days of the Faust puppet plays. Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's unfinished Faust drama.

Volume II features: A unique, in-depth account Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and his masterpiece, Faust, Parts One and Two. An examination of the early sketches of his classic drama. Includes detailed revealations of Goethe's hidden symbolism in the text, his interest in history and science, the occult, alchemy, Freemasonry and his warnings to future generations.

"As a compendium of useful facts, there's not likely to be a replacement any time soon. Bucchianeri pursues every avenue of Faustian analogue with a dogged persistence that would win accolades from Ahab. ... Bucchianeri's unceasing search for source materials brings together in one place the many texts that build the Faust legend from the late Middle Ages onward, ..." - Dr. K.A. Laity, College of Saint Rose, Journal of Folklore Research

"... two large-format volumes is sure to provide enterprising readers with a lavish diet of documentary matter, commentary, and conjecture on the Faust tradition from its medieval origins to the 'almost unapproachable zenith' which it attained in the year of Goethe's demise. ... Bucchianeri investigates each controversial incident in turn, drawing parallels with historical figures, Dante's Divine Comedy, Arthurian and other late medieval legends, and citing sources which range from the Bible to Copernican astronomy. ... The distinctive quality of Bucchianeri's commentary lies in tireless contextualization, with each incident in Faust's career related to specific historical events, cultural phenomena, or to background circumstances; ... In Volume II, key stages of Goethe's career are graphically recounted with the help of over two thousand footnotes ... there is no denying the near-boundless enthusiasm with which Bucchianeri approaches even the most recondite passages of Faust II." - Dr. Osman Durrani, University of Kent, Modern Language Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789899684409
  • Publisher: Batalha Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/4/2010
  • Pages: 522
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    A solid recount of history

    Faust: My Soul Be Damned For The World, Volume II by E.A. Bucchianeri continues the same exacting historical research and investigation into both the life of Goethe and his finest work, Faust that began in Volume I.

    As amply displayed in Volume I, Bucchianeri masterfully recounts significant historical, political, religious, and economic events that shaped Goethe's intellectual and artistic development through the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Bucchianeri leads the reader into Goethe's remarkable life. From an unfulfilling legal practice, to a duty bound series of political and artistic appointments to the Duchy of Weimar, the reader will understand how Goethe's long and varied career defined much of the development of Faust. Of particular interest to the reader will be Bucchianeri's exceptionally detailed and fascinating information on major factors such as Alchemy and Freemasonry and their influence on Goethe and subsequently all his literary works.

    Faust: My Soul Be Damned For The World, Volume II begins with Goethe's early life, dominated by a stern and demanding father. His father, who desires his son become a lawyer, stymies young Goethe's poetic and literary inclinations. Bucchianeri then chronicles Goethe's university years. As a student, and indeed throughout his long life, Goethe is obsessed with learning and is drawn to many differing disciplines. Goethe's love of knowledge, and the price paid for its acquisition is clearly mirrored in the character of Faust.

    As is the case with Volume I, Faust: My Soul Be Damned For The World, Volume II is not an easy read but the effort will be well rewarded. The reader will understand how the historical context of his day profoundly affects the work of an artist. Within the pages of Goethe's Faust, Buchianeri will enable the reader to gain a deeper understanding not only of the literary and aesthetic value of the work, but a clearer insight to a remarkable stage in western European history.

    Quill says: Here indeed, is an author capable of fusing aesthetic and literary analysis with a solid recount of history.

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

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    A Must Read

    Faust: My Soul Be Damned for the World, Volume I by E.A. Bucchianeri is a painstakingly researched investigation into the life and times of the historical Faust. Bucchianeri gives the modern reader, typically one only familiar with the Gothe¿s legendary character, a detailed picture of the education, career and ultimate doom of the actual Faust; Georg Helmstetter.<BR/><BR/>Faust: My Soul Be Damned for the World, Volume I is a scholarly work replete with supporting historical documentation, commentary (especially by Frank Baron) and gives the reader a proper understanding of the religious and political climate of the mid 15th to mid 16th centuries of Europe in which the ¿real¿ Faust lived. After setting the historical context of Faust, Bucchianeri traces the development of the legendary Faust. Relying on such sources as the ¿Wolfenbüttel Manuscript¿ the author recounts how, using knowledge gained from his pact with Mephistopheles, Faust travels Europe providing divinations, horoscopes, and other occult services to his patrons. Of particular note is the recognition Buccianeri gives the invention of the printing press and its effect on the rapid spread of Faustian mythos.<BR/><BR/>Faust: My Soul Be Damned for the World, Volume I by E.A. Bucchianeri is not an easy read; the meticulous historical research requires close attention. The reader will however, gain a deeper understanding not only of the character of Faust himself, but also an appreciation of the process whereby historical fact becomes myth.<BR/><BR/>Quill says: For those interested in a deeper understanding of Faust, Bucchianeri `s Faust is a must read.

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