1829 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust



Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s novel, The Sorrows of Werther, is one of the most important texts in the romanticist movement, and is one of only three books with which Frankenstein’s creature learns how to read, alongside Plutarch’s Lives and Paradise Lost. But it’s not even the most interesting of Goethe’s books to put up alongside Frankenstein. Come sign this contract and listen to the story of Goethe’s Faust.

Sources:
Goethe, The Sorrows of Wertherhttps://www.gutenberg.org/files/2527/2527-h/2527-h.htm
Goethe, Faust Parts I and IIhttps://www.poetryintranslation.com/PITBR/German/Fausthome.php
The English Faust Book of 1592: https://books.google.com/books?id=oCsTAAAAQAAJ&dq=editions%3A4xkVCT46NXQC&pg=PR1#v=onepage&q&f=false
Christopher Marlowe, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustushttps://www.gutenberg.org/files/779/779-h/779-h.htm

Music:
“Dreams Become Real” by Kevin MacLeod
“Undercover Vampire Policeman” by Chris Zabriskie
“Me and the Devil” by Robert Johnson

Audio clips:
The Twilight Zone, Season 4 Episode 9, “Printer’s Devil”. Written by Charles Beaumont, directed by Ralph Senensky, and starring Robert Sterling and Burgess Meredith.
The Simpsons, Season 5, Episode 4, “Treehouse of Horror IV”. Written by Greg Daniels and Dan McGrath, directed by David Silverman, and starring Dan Castellaneta and Harry Shearer.

This episode features the voices of Steven Nelson and Mary Shelly.

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