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Faust is the protagonist of a classic German legend. He is a scholar who is highly successful yet dissatisfied with his life, so he makes a pact with the Devil, exchanging his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures. The Faust legend has been the basis for many literary, artistic, cinematic, and musical works that have reinterpreted it through the ages. Faust and the adjective Faustian imply a situation in which an ambitious person surrenders moral integrity in order to achieve power and success for a delimited term.
The Faust of early books-as well as the ballads, dramas, movies, and puppet-plays which grew out of them-is irrevocably damned because he prefers human to divine knowledge; "he laid the Holy Scriptures behind the door and under the bench, refused to be called doctor of Theology, but preferred to be styled doctor of Medicine". Plays and comic puppet theatre loosely based on this legend were popular throughout Germany in the 16th century, often reducing Faust and Mephistopheles to figures of vulgar fun. The story was popularised in England by Christopher Marlowe, who gave it a classic treatment in his play, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus. In Goethe's reworking of the story two hundred years later, Faust becomes a dissatisfied intellectual who yearns for "more than earthly meat and drink" in his life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826407252
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Publication date: 11/19/1993
  • Series: German Library Series, #0
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,179,444
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Giovita Scalvini (Botticino, 16 marzo 1791 - Brescia, 22 gennaio 1843) è stato uno scrittore, poeta e patriota italiano.
Giuseppe Gazzino Nacque a Genova il 30 luglio 1807 dal capitano Antonio. Svolse gli studi elementari presso il seminario arcivescovile della sua città, e quelli di umanità e di retorica nel Collegio reale, dove rimase sei anni, avendo per principale insegnante il dotto barnabita G.B. Spotorno, che ne influenzò fortemente la formazione e rimase in contatto con lui fino alla morte, morì a Genova il 5 maggio 1884.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, (Francoforte sul Meno, 28 agosto 1749 - Weimar, 22 marzo 1832) è stato uno scrittore, poeta e drammaturgo tedesco. Considerato da George Eliot uno dei più grandi letterati tedeschi e l'ultimo uomo universale a camminare sulla terra, viene solitamente reputato uno dei casi più rappresentativi nel panorama culturale europeo. La sua attività fu rivolta alla poetica, al dramma, alla letteratura, alla teologia, alla filosofia, all'umanismo e alle scienze, ma fu prolifico anche nella pittura, nella musica e nelle arti. Il suo magnum opus è il Faust; un'opera monumentale alla quale lavorò per oltre sessant'anni.
Goethe fu l'originario inventore del concetto di Weltliteratur (letteratura mondiale), derivato dalla sua approfondita conoscenza ed ammirazione per molti capisaldi di diverse realtà culturali nazionali (inglese, francese, italiana, greca, persiana e araba). Ebbe grande influenza anche sul pensiero filosofico del tempo, in particolare sulla speculazione di Hegel, Schelling e, successivamente, Nietzsche.
Goethe è considerato da molti il più importante uomo di lettere proveniente dalla Germania e uno degli ultimi "uomini universali". Primogenito di Johann Caspar (1710-1782), doctor juris e consigliere imperiale, uomo di formazione, e di Katharina Elisabeth Textor (1731-1808), nasce poco dopo il mezzogiorno del 28 agosto 1749, giorno del primo anniversario del matrimonio dei genitori. Katharina ebbe in verità delle difficoltà nel parto, provocate dall'imperizia della levatrice, che sembra abbiano spinto il nonno materno, Johann Wolfgang Textor, sindaco di Francoforte, a istituire in città l'istruzione ostetrica obbligatoria.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Victor Lange


Part 1

Part 2

Translated by Louis MacNeice

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