»Faust« is the Olympus of poetic drama. It remains the most quoted and most frequented play in Germany today. It is the work of a lifetime, especially in view of how long it took Goethe to develop and write both parts of Faust’s saga. He began developing the play at age 21 and finally completed Part II at age 82 – shortly before his death. During most of his life, the figure of Faust accompanied the poet and became the prototype of a new world order heralded by the French Revolution.