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This Tribeca Press edition includes the full original text as well as exclusive images exclusive to this edition and an easy to use interactive table of contents.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust is a tragic play in two parts: Faust. Der Tragödie erster Teil (translated as: Faust: The First Part of the Tragedy) and Faust. Der Tragödie zweiter Teil (Faust: The Second Part of the Tragedy). Although rarely staged in its entirety, it is the play with the largest audience numbers ...

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Overview

This Tribeca Press edition includes the full original text as well as exclusive images exclusive to this edition and an easy to use interactive table of contents.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust is a tragic play in two parts: Faust. Der Tragödie erster Teil (translated as: Faust: The First Part of the Tragedy) and Faust. Der Tragödie zweiter Teil (Faust: The Second Part of the Tragedy). Although rarely staged in its entirety, it is the play with the largest audience numbers on German-language stages. Faust is Goethe's most famous work and considered by many to be one of the greatest works of German literature.

Goethe completed a preliminary version of Part One in 1806. The 1808 publication was followed by the revised 1828–29 edition, which was the last to be edited by Goethe himself. Prior to these appeared a partial printing in 1790 of Faust, a Fragment.

The earliest forms of the work, known as the Urfaust, were developed between 1772 and 1775; however, the details of that development are no longer entirely clear. Urfaust has twenty-two scenes, one in prose, two largely prose and the remaining 1,441 lines in rhymed verse. The manuscript is lost, but a copy was discovered in 1886.

Goethe finished writing Faust Part Two in 1831. In contrast to Faust Part One, the focus here is no longer on the soul of Faust, which has been sold to the devil, but rather on social phenomena such as psychology, history and politics, in addition to mystical and philosophical topics. The second part formed the principal occupation of Goethe's last years. It appeared only posthumously in 1832.

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This edition of Goethe's , translated by Walter Arndt (emeritus, humanities, Dartmouth College), contains over 100 pages of interpretive notes, as well as excerpts from both contemporary and modern criticism and analysis of the piece. Hamlin (German and comparative literature, Yale U.) offers extensive introductory and supporting material which will allow readers to gain a deeper understanding of Goethe's masterpiece. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781784011260
  • Publisher: Tribeca Press
  • Publication date: 12/10/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 893,925
  • File size: 2 MB

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Goethe wurde am 28.8.1749 in Frankfurt(Main) geboren. Er begann sein Studium der Jura 1768 in Leipzig, das er aber wegen einer schweren Krankheit unterbrach und 1771 in Straßburg fortsetzte. Auf Einladung von Herzog Carl August zog er nach Weimar, wo er ab 1776 im Staatsdienst arbeitete. 1786-1788 erste Italienreise, 1790 zweite Italienreise. Goethe starb am 22.3.1832 in Weimar.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix
The Text of Faust. A Tragedy 1
The Tragedy's First Part 12
Walpurgis Night 110
Walpurgis Night's Dream or the Golden Wedding of Oberon and Titania. Intermezzo 120
The Tragedy's Second Part in Five Acts 135
Act I 135
Act II 187
Classical Walpurgis Night 199
Act III [Helena. Classical-Romantic Phantasmagoria] 241
Act IV 287
Act V 313
Interpretive Notes 345
Contexts 493
Selected Illustrations for Faust 494
The Composition of Faust 505
Goethe on Faust 514
From Goethe's Autobiography 514
From Italian Journey 515
Faust Plan of 1800 515
From Goethe's Correspondence with Schiller, 1794-1801 516
Outline of the Contents for Part Two 521
Second Sketch for the Announcement of the Helena 523
From Goethe's Letters and His Conversations with Eckermann 530
Comments by Contemporaries 550
[Response to the Newly Published Fragment of Faust] 550
[First Impression of Faust] 551
[Review of the Fragment of 1790] 552
[On Hamlet and Faust as Philosophical Tragedies] 553
[On Faust as Tragicomedy] 555
[Paraphrase of Faust, from The Phenomenology of Mind] 557
"Faustus" 558
[First Notice of Faust in English] 560
[Faust] 563
"Goethe" 565
[General Remarks on Goethe] 567
Modern Criticism 571
[Survey of the Faust Theme] 573
Faust as Doctor of Theology 586
Interrupted Tragedy as a Structural Principal in Faust 598
[Goethe's Faust as Modern Epic] 611
[Faust and Discourse Networks] 634
The Presence of the Sign in Goethe's Faust 650
The Economics of Translation in Goethe's Faust 668
[The Spirit of Water: Faust, Part Two, Act II] 688
[The Ethics of Faust's Last Actions] 704
[Faust as Developer] 715
What the Lovers in the Old Songs Thought 728
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: A Chronology 731
Selected Bibliography 735
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