Excerpt from Faust, Vol. 2: A Tragedy
I know how much prepossession I encounter, in claiming for the Second Part of Faust a higher intellectual character, if a lower dra matic and poetical value, than the F irst Part. In Mr. Hayward's Appendix, and Mr. Lewes' Life of Goethe, the Second Part is virtually declared to be a secondary, unimportant work, chaotic in detail and without any consistent Hesign as a whole; in short, the mistake of Goethe's old age, instead of being, as it really is, the conception of his prime, partly written, and entirely planned, before the publication of the First Part.
The five translations which have already appeared have unfortunately, not succeeded in presenting the work clearly and attractively to the English reader. Those of Bernays', Macdonald, and Gurney are characterized by knowledge of the text, but give no satisfactory clew to the author's design; while that of Dr. Anster, the most readable of all, and show ing a further insight into the meam'mg, 'vs a.
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