A comprehensive exploration of Dr. Faust, the man who sold his soul to the devil, and those who lived to tell his tale. Volume I includes: New insights into the life and times of the historical Dr. Faustus, the notorious occultist and charlatan who reputedly declared the devil was his ´brother-in-law´. A detailed study of the first Faust books and the popular Faustian folk tales. Original discussions on Christopher Marlowe´s famous drama and his `atheistic´ rendition of the Faustian myth, including a unique and controversial analysis of the A and B texts. The days of the Faust puppet plays. Gotthold Ephraim Lessing´s unfinished Faust drama. Volume II features: A unique, in-depth account of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe´s masterpiece, Faust, Parts One and Two. An examination of the early sketches of his classic drama. Includes detailed explanations of Goethe´s hidden symbolism in the text, his interest in history and science, the occult, alchemy, Freemasonry and his warnings to future generations.
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