One of the great classics of European literature, "Faust" is
Goethe's most complex and profound work. To tell the dramatic and
tragic story of one man's pact with the Devil in exchange for
knowledge and power, Goethe drew from an immense variety of
cultural and historical material, and a wealth of poetic and
theatrical traditions. What results is a tour de force illustrating
Goethe's own moral and artistic development, and a symbolic,
cautionary tale of Western humanity striving restlessly and
ruthlessly for progress.
Capturing the sense, poetic variety, and tonal range of the
German original in present-day English, Stuart Atkins's translation
presents the formal and rhythmic dexterity of "Faust" in all its
richness and beauty, without recourse to archaisms or interpretive
Featuring a new introduction by David Wellbery, this Princeton
Classics edition of "Faust" is the definitive English version of a
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