Undisputedly a canonical work, "Goethe's Faust" is also the key to understanding its author, one of European civilization's most complex figures. Written over several decades, the work spans both Goethe's life and an age of enormous social, political, philosophical, and artistic change - even revolution. In this volume, Goethe scholars and experts from Europe and North America explore major aspects of this fascinating work, offering a cutting-edge guide to both reader and scholar. The contributors are: Ritchie Robertson, Martin Swales, Alberto Destro, Osman Durrani, Ellis Dye, John R. Williams, Anthony Phelan, Franziska Scholer, Peter D. Smith, Cyrus Hamlin, R.H. Stephenson, David Luke, and, Robert David McDonald. Paul Bishop teaches German language and literature at the University of Glasgow.