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.… (more)
Preface: A critical edition of Goethe's Faust in a new verse translation is a formidable undertaking.
The Eternal Feminine: The Eternal Feminine in the last lines no doubt refers to divine forgiveness, and, in a half-hearted way, it must also refer to Gretchen who precedes Faust in his ascent to higher regions; but most meaningfully, it refers to the ideal of purity that must inspire, though it must not inhibit, even the man of action and that, to Goethe, always appeared in feminine guise.