Faust, Part Two (Paperback)

By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Martin Greenberg (Translated by)

Yale University Press, 9780300068269, 272pp.

Publication Date: June 16, 1998

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (8/1/1998)
Hardcover (6/1/1998)

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Goethe’s Faust, Part Two is distinguished by its extraordinary range of allusion, tone, and style. Full of variety of historical scene and poetic effect, the masterpiece is at times satirical, witty, and even broadly comic, at others grand and soaring. This sparkling new translation of Faust, Part Two now affords English-language readers much of the pleasure afforded readers of the original German. Award-winning translator Martin Greenberg casts Goethe's verse in a natural, vigorous, lucid English that preserves Goethe’s poetic effects while accurately rendering the sense of the original lines.

The book contains a preface by the translator that helps to bridge the abrupt transition from Part One to Part Two. The story is still that of Faust and his compact with Mephistopheles, but no longer narrowly domestic, ranging through classical Greece, medieval and modern Europe, and an exalted conclusion in a Goethean heaven.

About the Author

Martin Greenberg is the recipient of a citation from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters for versatility, skill, and probity as both critic and translator. He has also received the Harold Morton Landon Verse Translation Award from the American Academy of Poets for his translation of Five Plays by Heinrich von Kleist, published by Yale University Press. His translation of Goethe’s Faust, Part One is also published by Yale University Press.