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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $19.50
  • November 1998
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-97282-5
  • 752 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Author), Walter Arndt (Translator, Dartmouth College), Cyrus Hamlin (Editor, Yale University)


Walter Arndt’s translation of Faust reproduces the sense of the German original and Goethe’s enormously varied metrics and rhyme schemes.

This edition presents Parts I and II complete. Cyrus Hamlin provides essential supporting material for this difficult text, and his Interpretive Notes have been expanded and reset in larger, easy-to-read type. "Comments by Contemporaries" includes short pieces by Margaret Fuller, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Carlyle, and Wilhelm von Humboldt. "Modern Criticism"--comprised of ten essays newly added to the Second Edition--presents the perspectives of Stuart Atkins, Jaroslav Pelikan, Benjamin Bennett, Franco Moretti, Friedrich A. Kittler, Neil M. Flax, Marc Shell, Jane Brown, Hans Rudolf Vaget, and Marshall Berman. A Selected Bibliography is included.



    The Text of Faust, Part I and Part II


    1. The Composition of Faust
    2. Goethe on Faust: On the early composition of the drama (from Poetry and Truth, Books 10 and 12)
    3. Preparing the Fragment in Rome (from the Italian Journey, Second Stay in Rome, March, 1788)
    4. The Faust Plan of 1800
    5. From Goethe’s Correspondence with Schiller (1794–1801)
    6. Outline of Contents for Part II (1816)
    7. Second Sketch for the Announcement of Helena (1827) o From Goethe’s Letters and from Conversations with Eckermann (1825–32)
    8. Eugene Delacroix, Faust Illustrations


    Comments by Contemporaries

    1. Wilhelm von Humboldt to his fiancée (June 1790)
    2. Henrik Steffen, from his Autobiography
    3. August Wilhelm Schlegel’s Review of Faust, A Fragment (1790)
    4. Friedrich Schegel, [On Hamlet and Faust as Philosophical Tragedies], from his Essay on The Study of Greek Literature (1795) o Friedrich Schelling, [On Faust as Tragicomedy], from his Philosophy of Art and Related Writings (c. 1800–02)
    5. George Friedrich Wilhelm Hegel on Faust (from Phenomenology of Spirit, 1807, and Lectures on Aesthetics, 1835–9)
    6. Mme. Germaine deStaël, Faustus (from On Germany, 1813)
    7. Thomas Carlyle, from Edinburgh Review, 1822
    8. Heinrich Heine, on Faust (from The Romantic School, 1833)
    9. Margaret Fuller, from The Dial, July 1841
    10. Ralph Waldo Emerson, from The Dial, October 1840

    Modern Criticism

    1. Stuart Atkins, Motif in Literature: The Faust Theme
    2. Jaroslav Pelikan, Faust as Doctor of Theology
    3. Benjamin Bennett, Interrupted Tragedy as a Structural Principle in Faust
    4. Franco Morretti, Faust and the Nineteenth Century
    5. Friedrich A. Kittler, The Scholar’s Tragedy: Prelude in the Theater o Neil M. Flax, The Presence of the Sign in Goethe’s Faust
    6. Marc Shell, The Economics of Translation in Goethe’s Faust
    7. Jane Brown, The Spirit of Water
    8. Hans Rudolf Vaget, Act IV Revisited: A ‘Post-Wall’ Reading of Goethe’s Faust
    9. Marshall Berman, Goethe’s Faust: The Tragedy of Development
    10. John Hollander, [Faust]

    Selected Bibliography