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.