Faust, Parts 1 and 2

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As much poem as it is play, Faust is the spiritual quest of a soul determined to explore the very nature of Reality, a revolutionary work that refuses to accept limitations, but, like Romanticism itself, embraces all, the natural world of everyday life, as well as the Great World of universal experience, the macrocosm as well as the microcosm. It records the journey of the feminine from its roots in the physical to the realm of Pure Idea, from animal to Eternal Feminine. Formation/Transformation is the road the play travels in its alchemical advance from base to exalted, from the unformed state to total individuation.

This major new translation is by Carl R. Mueller of the School of Theater, Film and Television, UCLA. Like his translations for Smith and Kraus of the complete Greek tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophokles and Euripides, his Faust seeks to create a text in English that renders this masterpiece of poetic world theater in a fresh, lively and contemporary guise both for the modern reader and the stage.

Author Bio: MUELLER, a professor of theater at UCLA, is currently at work with Hugh Denard of the University of Warwick (UK) on a complete translation of the nineteen plays of Euripides. Mueller has also translated volujmes of Schnitzler, Wedekind, Strindberg, von Kleist, Pirandello, Sophokles and Aeschylus for Smith and Kraus.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
These contemporary English translations . . . bring Sophokles dramatically to life and serve to enhance our appreciation of the timelessness of his work.
Library Journal
Goethe's Faust is the masterpiece of German theater and widely regarded as the pinnacle of all of German literature. In its first part, the play tells the story of a man who strives to take advantage of everything life offers. This moral fable about the struggle between the self and transcendent ideals yields in the play's second part to highly allegorical, indeed hallucinatory sequences drawing widely on history, myth, and literature. Goethe worked on Faust for 60 years, from 1762 until his death in 1832, and incorporated every known literary style. This new, highly readable translation by Mueller (theater, UCLA), an accomplished translator of Greek tragedies and European plays, opts for unrhymed, modern English in the work's early scenes. For the second part, Mueller aptly captures Goethe's astounding use of classic meter. By taking wisely informed liberties throughout, this translation might assure the play a wider audience and more frequent productions in English. Recommended for larger public and all academic libraries.-Ulrich Baer, New York Univ. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575253602
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: Parts 1 and 2
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 1,468,758
  • Product dimensions: 55.00 (w) x 85.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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Infinite Nature, where do I take hold?
Where are your breasts?
Those fountains that nurture all life that I so long for?
Why, when they are offered to all, Must I thirst in vain?
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