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Goethe's Faust is one of the pillars of Western literature. This classic drama, using the superb new translation by John R. Williams, presents the story of the scholar Faust, tempted into a contract with the Devil in return for a life of sensuality and power. Enjoyment rules until Faust's emotions are stirred by a meeting with Gretchen, and the tragic outcome brings Part 1 to an end. Part 2, written much later in Goethe's life, places his eponymous hero in a variety of unexpected circumstances, causing Faust to reflect on humanity and its attitudes to life and death.