by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Publisher: Arden Book Co. 1910
Number of pages: 252
Goethe's most complex and profound work, Faust was the effort of the great poet's entire lifetime. Written over 60 years, it can be read as a document of Goethe's moral and artistic development. Translated into English by Bayard Taylor.
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