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Part Two

J. W. von Goethe
Translated with an introduction by David Luke

08 May 2008

ISBN: 9780199536207

400 pages

In Stock

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £9.99



Loosely connected with Part One and the German legend of Faust, Part Two is a dramatic epic rather than a strictly constructed drama. It is conceived as an act of homage to classical Greek culture and inspired above all by the world of story-telling and myth at the heart of the Greek tradition, as well as owing some of its material to the Arabian Nights tales.

The restless and ruthless hero, advised by his cynical demon-companion Mephistopheles, visits classical Greece i search of the beautiful Helen of Troy. Returning to modern times, he seeks to crown his career by gaining control of the elements, and at his death is carried up into the unkown regions, still in pursuit of the `Eternal Feminine'.

David Luke's translation of Part One won the European Poetry Translation Prize. Here he again imitates the varied verse-forms of the original, and provides a highly readable - and actable - translation, supported by an introduction, full notes, and an index of classical mythology.


'this translation seems to me a major advance on any previous one' Brian Fallon, The Irish Times -

'ample and lucid introduction and annotations, which contain some useful maps ... By publishing both Luke's translations and Boyle's critical masterpiece, OUP has performed an inestimable service to Anglo-German cultural understanding.' Times Literary Supplement -

'Oxford, in its superb World's Classics series, is offering us David Luke's version of Faust Part Two.' Albert Manguel, Observer -