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Faust: The Second Part of the Tragedy

"Faust: The Second Part of the Tragedy (German: Faust. Der Tragödie zweiter Teil in fünf Akten.), is the second part of the tragic play Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It was published in 1832, the year of Goethe´s death. Because of the complexity of its form and content, it is usually not read in German schools, although the first part commonly is.

Only part of Faust I is directly related to the legend of Johann Faust, which dates to at latest the beginning of the 16th century (thus preceding Marlowe´s play). The "Gretchen" subplot, although now the most widely known episode of the Faust legend, was of Goethe´s own invention. In Faust II, the legend (at least in a version of the 18th century, which came to Goethe´s attention) already contained Faust´s marriage with Helen and an encounter with an Emperor. But certainly Goethe deals with the legendary material very freely in both parts." - (en.wikipedia.org 16.09.2019)

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