Faust: Part One

by J. W. von Goethe, David Luke

Series: Oxford World's Classics

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  • 0191501255
  • 9780199536214
  • 9780191501258
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.ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

  • OUP Oxford; June 1987
  • ISBN: 9780199536214
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  • Title: Faust: Part One
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Author: J. W. von Goethe; David Luke (ed.)
  • Imprint: OUP Oxford
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0191501255
  • 9780199536214
  • 9780191501258

In The Press

`Luke has done us all - including, if one may say so, Goethe - a potently good turn. We should take advantage of it.' D.J. Enright, Observer

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0191501255
  • 9780199536214
  • 9780191501258