Faust: Pt.1

Faust: Pt.1

Paperback Oxford World's Classics

By (author) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Volume editor David Luke

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  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 193mm x 18mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 22 October 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192835955
  • ISBN 13: 9780192835956
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 702,309

Product description

The legend of Faust grew up in the sixteenth century, a time of transition between medieval and modern culture in Germany. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) adopted the story of the wandering conjuror who accepts Mephistopheles's offer of a pact, selling his soul for the devil's greater knowledge; over a period of 60 years he produced one of the greatest dramatic and poetic masterpieces of European literature. David Luke's recent translation, specially commissioned for The World's Classics series, has all the virtues of previous classic translations of Faust, and none of their shortcomings. Cast in rhymed verse, following the original, it preserves the essence of Goethe's meaning without sacrifice to archaism or over-modern idiom. It is as near an 'equivalent' rendering of the German as has been achieved.

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Review quote

"Luke demonstrates a rare genius in his translation: he maintains essential meaning, retains meter, and recreates rhyme.... As far as his introduction is concerned, it is a marvel of lucid exposition."--The German Quarterly