Goethe's Faust

Influence

Goethe's Faust has inspired a great deal of literature, music, and illustration.

Paul Carus (1852-1919) said Goethe's book had influenced "little less than the Bible."[3]

Walter Kaufmann asserts that "Goethe created a character [i.e. Faust] who was accepted by his people as their ideal prototype."[4]

Many lines and phrases from Goethe's Faust have become part of the German language; see quotes here and here.


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