A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust, the poetic drama that establishes Goethe as a renowned Romantic author.
As a play written in poetic verse of the Romantic era, Faust is a universally meaningful story of man's attempts to gain knowledge, wisdom perfection, and of the eternal frustration of this striving. Moreover, the character of Dr. Faust has inspired literature across centuries—beginning with a German practitioner of magic arts said to have made a pact with the devil in the late fifteenth century.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (, also ; ; 28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and statesman. His works include: four novels; epic and lyric poetry; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; and treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him have survived.