A reader asks I am an English Lit. grad. student and have long been interested in the portrayal of the Devil in literature. I am considering proposing an independent study that addresses the different ways Satan has been depicted in works from various centuries and countries. Aside from, say, Milton, Dante, Marlowe and Goethe, can you point me towards some other works that … [Read more...]
The Faust Myth
The Faust legend is a German myth about a scholar named Dr. Faustus who made a pact with the devil (Mephistopheles) to exchange his soul for knowledge and worldly success. The legend first became popular with Christopher Marlow's Doctor Faustus published in 1592 and later in 1808 with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's play Faust. Since then, the Faust myth has influenced countless musical, theatrical, and literary works. Read articles about the Faust myth below.