Willa Cather QandA on “Paul's Case” A – Faust (p. 493) Kennedy tells us only that it is a “tragic grand opera” – expand on his note. What is Faust noted for? In what other forms does the story appear? Faust is a very old legend from Germany, about a sorcerer who makes a bargain with the Devil in exchange for power in his life. The legend probably goes back to the Middle Ages and oral folklore, but it became popular as the years went by and was turned into various literary forms. The best known to us today include a play by Christopher Marlowe written in the 16th century in England, and a long epic poem by Johann Goethe written in Germany in the 18th century. In the 20th century there were also filmed versions of the Faust story, such as...The end:
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