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Faust, Part I / Egmont / Hermann and Dorothea / Doctor Faustus

by Charles William Eliot (Editor)

Other authors: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Christopher Marlowe

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Excerpt from The Harvard Classics, Vol. 19: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Faust, Part I; Egmont; Hermann and Dorothea; Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus; With Introductions and Notes Conceal the surging concourse, I implore thee, Whose vortex draws us with resistless might. No, to some peaceful heavenly nook restore me, Where only for the bard blooms pure delight, Where love and friendship yield their choicest blessing, Our heart's true bliss, with god-like hand caressing. What in the Spirit's depths was there created, What shyly there the lip shaped forth in sound. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.… (more)
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The Tragedy of Faust

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust is a tragic play in two parts: Faust. Der Tragödie erster Teil (translated as: Faust: The First Part of the Tragedy) and Faust. Der Tragödie zweiter Teil (Faust: The Second Part of the Tragedy). Although rarely staged in its entirety, it is the play with the largest audience numbers on German-language stages. Faust is Goethe's most famous work and considered by many to be one of the greatest works of German literature.

Goethe completed a preliminary version of Part One in 1806. The 1808 publication was followed by the revised 1828–29 edition, which was the last to be edited by Goethe himself. Prior to these appeared a partial printing in 1790 of Faust, a Fragment.

The earliest forms of the work, known as the Urfaust, were developed between 1772 and 1775; however, the details of that development are not entirely clear. Urfaust has twenty-two scenes, one in prose, two largely prose and the remaining 1,441 lines in rhymed verse. The manuscript is lost, but a copy was discovered in 1886.

Goethe finished writing Faust Part Two in 1831. In contrast to Faust Part One, the focus here is no longer on the soul of Faust, which has been sold to the devil, but rather on social phenomena such as psychology, history and politics, in addition to mystical and philosophical topics. The second part formed the principal occupation of Goethe's last years. It appeared only posthumously in 1832.

The Tragical History Of Doctor Faustus
The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, commonly referred to simply as Doctor Faustus, is a play by Christopher Marlowe, based on the German story Faust, in which a man sells his soul to the devil for power, experience, pleasure and knowledge. Doctor Faustus was first published in 1604, eleven years after Marlowe's death and at least 10 years after the first performance of the play. It is the most controversial Elizabethan play outside of Shakespeare, with few critics coming to any agreement as to the date or the nature of the text.

Egmont
Egmont is a play by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, which he completed in 1788. Its dramaturgical structure, like that of his earlier 'Storm and Stress' play Götz von Berlichingen (1773), is heavily influenced by Shakespearean tragedy. In contrast to the earlier work, the portrait in Egmont of the downfall of a man who trusts in the goodness of those around him appears to mark a shift away from 'Storm and Stress' values.

Hermann and Dorothea
Hermann and Dorothea is an epic poem, an idyll, written by German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe between 1796 and 1797, and was to some extent suggested by Johann Heinrich Voss's Luise, an idyll in hexameters, which was first published in 1782-84. Goethe's work is set around 1792 at the beginning of the French Revolutionary Wars, when French forces under General Custine invaded and briefly occupied parts of the Palatinate. The hexameters of the nine cantos are at times irregular.
  gmicksmith | May 3, 2015 |
Faust. How plausible is it that a Professor past his ticklish prime suddenly falls [page 112] for a shop-girl? What possible earthly or heavenly charms could there be for a man who could not himself have just fallen off the Turn-Up cart-horse.

Marlowe's is the earliest version. Like all of his drama's, it presents a central character who thirsts for the unattainable -- here, universal knowledge.

Goethe. Gretchen? Margaret? TBD ( )
  keylawk | Nov 7, 2007 |
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Goethe, Johann Wolfgang vonsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marlowe, Christophersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Frothingham, EllenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This is volume 19 of the Harvard Classics series, and is an omnibus edition of works by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Christopher Marlowe. It should not be combined with any of the individual works, or with omnibi containing a different selection of works.

The individual works in this omnibus are:
  • Faust, Part I by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Egmont by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Hermann and Dorothea by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
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Excerpt from The Harvard Classics, Vol. 19: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Faust, Part I; Egmont; Hermann and Dorothea; Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus; With Introductions and Notes Conceal the surging concourse, I implore thee, Whose vortex draws us with resistless might. No, to some peaceful heavenly nook restore me, Where only for the bard blooms pure delight, Where love and friendship yield their choicest blessing, Our heart's true bliss, with god-like hand caressing. What in the Spirit's depths was there created, What shyly there the lip shaped forth in sound. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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