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Faust: A Tragedy In Two Parts & The Urfaust (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature) Paperback – 5 Nov 1999
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I came across it completely by accident not expecting for a moment that the Wordsworth edition would contain a new original version. Usually Wordsworth use out of copyright texts that go as far back as the early 19thc like their Dante and Homer but in this case they have really done everyone a big favour since none of the translations done before 1945 would do justice to Faust for the modern reader and this one is a very valuable addition to the many distinguished modern translations.
It was chosen for the excellent Radio production in Sept. 2010 with Samuel West, which was only the third time it has been done. It will be repeated in the Summer of next year. Part Two was condensed but Part One was complete.
I'm only sorry that there isn't a hardback available, on good paper. Perhaps 'Wordsworth' might be equally enterprising in this area. Williams deserves it.
As far as I can tell, the translator has done a miraculous job. One of my favourite lines in the play is:
"But write it all down, concentrating
As if it were the Holy Ghost dictating!"
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