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A Woman's Version of the Faust Legend
Author: Former Paddison Professor of Classics (Emeritus) George A Kennedy

ISBN: 9780807857397
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 16 April 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 1.2
Description:
George Sand's The Seven Strings of the Lyre is a philosophical play written in poetic prose and never intended for perfomance on stage. Completed in 1838 during the early stages of Sand's romantic involvement with Frederic Chopin, it is one of the very few treatments of the Faust legend by a woman. George Kennedy offers the first English translation of this work, along with an introduction that places the play in its philosophical and literary context.

The Seven Strings of the Lyre is Sand's response to Goethe's Faust and a reflection of her views of music as developed in conversations with Chopin and Franz Liszt. Sand, unlike so many of her contemporaries, saw Goethe as a less-than-ideal poet. She criticized him for lacking "enthusiasm, belief, and passion," and she faulted him for being a proponent of the art-for-art's-sake movement, which Sand deplored for its lack of social conscience.

Sand's play describes the efforts of Mephistopheles to win the soul of Albertus, a teacher of philosophy and descend...

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