Excerpt from Goethe's Faust: Parts I and II The Collaboration of the Ages in a Great Work of Art. - The ground-theme of Goethe's Faust. as is indeed the case with most if t with all great poetical creations, is t the individual fabrication of one gifted mind, but rather the climax in a long evolutionary series, through the medium of which the poet has enjoyed the collaboration of the ages. To the material which in the ripeness of time he found ready to his hand have contributed, t only the conscious literary efforts of such of his predecessors as have been attracted by the same subject, but also the artless imaginations of the igrant and unlettered multitude who have, through many generations of men. moulded the growing mass of inherited fact and fiction into a coherent whole in accordance with their own ways of life and thought. The reader will doubtless appreciate some introductory account of this lengthy preliminary elaboration before entering upon the study of the masterpiece in which it culminates. The Mythology of Sorcery. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.