Goethe's Faust

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The best translation of Faust available, this volume provides the original German text and its English counterpart on facing pages. Walter Kaufmann's translation conveys the poetic beauty and rhythm as well as the complex depth of Goethe's language. Includes Part One and selections from Part Two.

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Overview

The best translation of Faust available, this volume provides the original German text and its English counterpart on facing pages. Walter Kaufmann's translation conveys the poetic beauty and rhythm as well as the complex depth of Goethe's language. Includes Part One and selections from Part Two.

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"Excellent translation."--Arthur A. Moonfield, California State University

"An excellent translation!"--Arthur A. Moorefield, California State University

"We come to this volume with high expectations and the reward is there. There is scarcely a page without the felicities and surprises that only a poet can spring."--Partisan Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385031141
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1962
  • Series: Anchor Literary Library Series
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 220,803
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2007

    Fascinating and Entertaining

    Without a doubt, Faust is one of the greatest plays ever written, shown in the numerous modern day rewrites of it. The crafty devil,Mephistopheles, is perhaps one of the most interesting characters in literature. If you enjoy classic plays, but not the complex prose of such as Shakespeare, then this book is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2006

    Faust:

    ­ ­Faust is a play that was written over a century ago but still has much relevance to today's society. From Dr. Faust's moral dilemma to his unquenchable ambition, many of the topics addressed are of problems alive and well today one need only to look to schools to see students working like mad to see unquenchable ambition, and one may look to common living to see moral dilemmas in our society. Because of this, readers should be able to connect to the characters quite easily. This allows for a more involved and emotionally active read. Because this is vital for any work of fiction to be successful, Faust is a very good read. One possible complaint that readers may have is the somewhat hard to understand language. However, this language actually adds the atmosphere of the play it is not too hard to understand while adding in much flavor that would be lost in the translation to common speech. Although reading the script to Faust was interesting, it would be much better to present it as a play as it was meant to be. One misses many nuances when reading: the expression on the faces of the characters, the inflections of voices, and the body language between characters. Overall, Faust is an excellent read if one is prepared to apply one's mind wholeheartedly. The language is somewhat hard and emotionally involving, but one may take out much meaning from it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2002

    A Great Play

    I really liked this play. Part 1 was great, and Part 2 didn't make much sense, but if you read it twice it gets better. A great play, and I highly recommend reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Completely unreadable

    Completely unreadable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2001

    The Greatest Written W. Art

    Faust is undoubtably the greatest creative piece of written art in existence. In it Goethe explores the many levels of existence on spiritual as well as psychological. It may be a metaphor as well for the human disposition. We crave something greater then we have, leading to treachery, dishonestly, lust and greed. Thus we are thrown into a pyschological hell of paranoia and defense mechanisms, which ultimately drain our life energy and capacity to enjoy life and tolerate our mind. From a peaceful being who enjoys silence, we are taking a ride with Mephistopeles to hell. Be a good person!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2001

    NOT SURE ABOUT THIS ONE

    I didn't quite get it. I don't think that many of the rhymes were in order. The whole flow reminded me of someone skipping along whistling a song. I wish I would have checked this out of the library instead of using my own money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2000

    Faust

    The story of the Faust is one of simplistics woven into a complex stream of poetry. Although hard to follow at some points, Goethe creates the air of the devil, lust, and despair as the journey of Faust runs from his lonely abode to his lover's jail cell. 'Faust' is a nice quick read that doesn't sacrifice any literal or thematic qualities.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2000

    A Devil`s Story

    I have just read it and I can say that this is one of my favourite books.It`s genious and nothing else can be said.I loved Mefistofel very much.

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