Goethe's most complex and profound work, "Faust" was the effort of the great poet's entire lifetime. Written over 60 years, it can be read as a document of Goethe's moral and artistic development. "Faust" is made available to the English reader in a completely new translation that communicates both its poetic variety and its many levels of tone. The language is present-day English, and Goethe's formal and rhythmic variety is reproduced in all its richness.
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Goethe's most complex and profound work, "Faust" was the effort of the great poet's entire lifetime. Written over 60 years, it can be read as a document of Goethe's moral and artistic development. "Faust" is made available to the English reader in a completely new translation that communicates both its poetic variety and its many levels of tone. The language is present-day English, and Goethe's formal and rhythmic variety is reproduced in all its richness.
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Goethe's classic tragedy is here vividly enacted by a talented cast, including Samuel West (Faust), Toby Jones (Mephistopheles), and Derek Jacobi (The Lord). Frustrated with the limitations of mankind, Faust is given the ultimate offer by the Devil incarnate and must live with the consequences of accepting such a bargain. Despite the abridgment, the production is well contained, clear, and nicely executed. VERDICT The performances all shine, with the only faltering owing to the sound mixing. At times, the music and limited sound effects interfere with one's ability to hear the cast clearly, especially given the word patterns of the rhyming schemes. Recommended for fans of dramatizations, classics, and plays.—Lance Eaton, Peabody, MA
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: 9781843795490
  • Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
  • Publication date: 10/28/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) perhaps comes as close as any man to deserving the title of universal genius. Poet, dramatist, critic, scientist, administrator and novelist, he was born at Frankfurt-am-Main in 1749, the son of well-to-do parents with intellectual interests; and he studied at the University of Leipzig and at Strassburg, where he wrote a play which initiated the important Sturm und Drang movement. During the next five years he practiced law in Frankfurt and wrote The Sorrows of Young Werther, a remarkable novel autobiographical of one side of Goethe's nature. In 1775 he went to visit the court of the young Duke of Weimar, and, except for an extended journey to Italy a decade later, stayed there the rest of his life, filling at one time or another all the major posts in the Weimar government. Here a close friendship with Schiller developed, and here he conducted important scientific experiments and published a steady stream of books of the highest order and in many different forms. He became the director of the Weimar Theatre in 1791 and made it the most famous in Europe. His life held a number of ardent loves, which he celebrated in lyrics that are compared to Shakespeare's, and in 1806 he married Christiane Vulpius whom he had loved for many years. In later life Goethe became a generous patron of younger writers, including Byron and Carlyle. In 1790 he published the first version of his life work as Faust, a Fragment, but Part I of the completed Faust did not appear until 1808, while Part II was finished and published only a few months before Goethe's death in 1832.

Cyrus Hamlin is Chairman of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Yale University.

Walter Arndt is Sherman Fairchild Professor in the Humanties, Emeritus, at Dartmouth College. His translation of Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin was awarded the Bollingen Prize.

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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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