Anonymous, Historia von D. Johann Fausten [Chapbook of Dr Johann Faustus]

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Significant as the first printed manifestation of the Faust legend, the

Historia von D. Johann Fausten

is a crude compilation of previously circulating anecdotal matter that gained great popularity by 1600 (22 editions within a decade). Certainly, this so-called


(chapbook) is a valuable mirror of the turmoil of the age with its struggle between medieval superstitions, progressive Renaissance humanism, and the victorious orthodoxy of Lutheranism. Yet from a literary perspective the “Faustbook” is particularly intriguing since it merges features from history and legend into an early modern work of fiction that was to become the seminal source for all subsequent


versions in novel and drama beyond Marlowe and Goethe to Fernando Pessoa and Thomas Mann.

The birth of the Faust

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Citation: Hoffmeister, Gerhart. "Historia von D. Johann Fausten". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 August 2011 [, accessed 16 July 2024.]

33491 Historia von D. Johann Fausten 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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