Goethe Faust I and II

ISBN-10: 069103656X
ISBN-13: 9780691036564
Edition: 1994
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List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 7/25/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

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.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in Frankfurt am Main. He was greatly influenced by his mother, who encouraged his literary aspirations. After troubles at school, he was taught at home and gained an exceptionally wide education. At the age of 16, Goethe began to study law at Leipzig University from 1765 to 1768, and he also studied drawing with Adam Oeser. After a period of illness, he resumed his studies in Strasbourg from 1770 to 1771. Goethe practiced law in Frankfurt for two years and in Wetzlar for a year. He contributed to the Frankfurter Gelehrte Anzeigen from 1772 to 1773, and in 1774 he published his first novel, self-revelatory Die Leiden des Jungen Werthers. In 1775 he was welcomed by Duke Karl August into the small court of Weimar, where he worked in several governmental offices. He was a council member and member of the war commission, director of roads and services, and managed the financial affairs of the court. Goethe was released from day-to-day governmental duties to concentrate on writing, although he was still general supervisor for arts and sciences, and director of the court theatres. In the 1790s Goethe contributed to Friedrich von Schiller�s journal Die Horen, published Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, and continued his writings on the ideals of arts and literature in his own journal, Propyl�en. The first part of his masterwork, Faust, appeared in 1808, and the second part in 1832. Goethe had worked for most of his life on this drama, and was based on Christopher Marlowe's Faust. From 1791 to 1817, Goethe was the director of the court theatres. He advised Duke Carl August on mining and Jena University, which for a short time attracted the most prominent figures in German philosophy. He edited Kunst and Altertum and Zur Naturwissenschaft. Goethe died in Weimar on March 22, 1832. He and Duke Schiller are buried together, in a mausoleum in the ducal cemetery.

Faust: A Tragedy Dedication
Prelude on the Stage
Prologue in Heaven
Night (Faust's Study I: Easter Eve)
Outside the City Gate (Easter-Day Walk)
Faust's Study (II: Easter Night)
Faust's Study (III: Pact and Student Scene)
Auerbach's Wine-Cellar in Leipzig
Witch'S Kitchen (Rejuvenation)
A Street (I: Margarete Accosted)
Evening (Margarete's Room 1)
Promenade (Street II: Mephistopheles' Report)
The Neighbor'S House (The Story of Schwerdtlein)
A Street (III: False Witness) 77 (Martha's) Garden (I: Promenading Couples)
A Summerhouse (Martha's Garden 11)
Forest and Cave (Faust's Conscience)
Gretchen's Room (II: Margarete at Her Spinning Wheel)
Martha's Garden (III: Faust's Credo)
At the well (Gretchen and Lieschen)
By the Ramparts (Gretchen's Prayer)
Night (Street IV: Valentine's Death)
Cathedral (Mass, with Organ and Choir)
Walpurgis Night (Faust on the Brocken)
Walpurgis Night's Dream (Intermezzo)
An Expanse of Open Country (Faust's Rage)
Night: Open Fields (The Gibbet)
Prison (Margarete's Death)
in Five Acts Act I A Pleasant Landscape (Faust's Recovery)
An Imperial Palace the Throne Room (Council of State)
A Great Hall (Masquerade and Faust's Masque)
A Garden (Benefits of Paper Money)
A Dark Gallery (The Mothers)
Brightly Lit Rooms (Waiting for Faust)
Knights' Hall (The Rape of Helen)
Act II a High-Vaulted, Narrow Gothic Room (Faust's Study IV)
Laboratory (Creation of Homunculus)
Classical Walpurgisnight
The Pharsalian Fields
Erichtho and the Aeronauts
By the Sphinxes
Peneus and Nymphs
Faust, Chiron, and Manto
Again by the Upper Peneus: Seismos' Mountain
Mephistopheles and the Lamiae
Anaxagoras, Thales, and Homunculus
The Phorcides
Rocky Inlets of the Aegean Sea
Nereus
Proteus
Galatea
Homunculus merges with the sea
Act III (Helen: Classico-Romantic Phantasmagoria. An Intermezzo) Before Menelaus' Palace
At Sparta (Helen's Flight)
Inner Courtyard of a Castle (The Wooing and Defense of Helen)
A Shaded Grove (The Life and Death of Euphorion)
Act IV High Mountains
Margarete Remembered
Faust's Great Plan
The Emperor in Danger
Mephistopheles' Three Mighty Men
On a Foothill (Defeat of the Anti-Emperor)
The Anti-Emperor'S Tent (Rewards of Victory)
Act V A Broad Landscape (Baucis and Philemon)
Faust's Palace Before the Palace
Faust's Discontent
The Destruction of Baucis, Philemon and Their Guest
Faust on the Balcony
Mephistopheles' Report
Four Gray Women in the Courtyard
Within the Palace (Care, and the Blinding of Faust)
The Large Outer Courtyard
Faust's Death and Interment
Mephistopheles Defeated
Mountain Gorges (Faust's Vision of Heaven and His Reunion with Margarete)
Chronology of the Composition of Faust
Goethe's Faust and the Present Translation
Bibliographical Note
Explanatory Note

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