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  • Paperback: 60 pages
  • Publisher: FQ Books (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YMMCDO
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By christopher on June 21, 2014
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This fairly short and readable book was published in 1912, and is based on the author's lectures on FAUST for a popular audience.

Lecture one is introductory, tracing the Faust legend from 1587 (actually going further back in its cursory account of Christian and anti-Christian magic) to the puppet shows which Goethe saw as a young man.

Mr. Cotterill himself explains lectures two and three:

" ... In my next lecture, after a brief consideration of these preliminary questions, I shall try to describe the first Part of the drama—a task of more than common difficulty, for the story is familiar to many of you, and a bare rehearsal of the action of the play would prove wearisome, while any attempt to communicate by means of translation the wonderful beauty and force of Goethe's words is almost bound to prove a failure. In my third lecture I shall treat the second Part of the play, the action of which is far less generally known. It is not often read and is seldom seen on the stage."

As an overview of FAUST, or as a very basic introduction to a masterwork which some have found needlessly intimidating, this book is not bad. What I did not like was an occasional pat 'interpretation' such as the following:

" ... Whither then shall we turn? Where shall we grasp Nature—not the empty vision, but the warm living form? It is in our own heart that we find a refuge from the infinities of Space and Time—in that human heart by which we live, in its tenderness, its joys, its fears. Here, and here alone, we find those ultimate facts of existence which need no explanation, and which we accept just as they are, without any questionings. Here we find an infinite universe—no less infinite than that of Space and Time—the universe of feeling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken on May 18, 2013
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I found this work quite by accident while browsing the results of a query on Faust. I'm pleased to have made the discovery and would recommend it to anyone looking for insight into Goethe's Faust. It is thick with references to the materials that may have influenced the story. It suggests many works, myths and legends contributing to the work.
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