By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Goethe's most complicated and profound paintings, Faust was once the hassle of the good poet's complete lifetime. Written over 60 years, it may be learn as a record of Goethe's ethical and creative improvement. Faust is made to be had to the English reader in a totally new translation that communicates either its poetic sort and its many degrees of tone. The language is present-day English, and Goethe's formal and rhythmic style is reproduced in all its richness.
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