Faust Recommendations

Book Cover of Faust, by Johann Wolfgang Goethe


Faust plays on the theme of someone on a quest for knowledge going too far. There are a number of different works that play on a similar theme. A number of the works we will cover in this podcast, notably Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde, Gaston Leroux’ The Phantom of the Opera, all cover similar messages. The song “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen was also, in part, inspired by this work. But for a recommendation outside of our podcast, “Manfred” by Lord Byron is an interesting Romantic take on Faust. It is a play meant by Byron to be viewed as a poem of sorts and the titular character Manfred goes through some dealing with Spirits similar to Faust’s journey except that the ending has a decidedly Romantic Literature spin which I won’t spoil here.

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Episode 11: April 22nd, 2020

Image of Nick Johnston for Wishbonafide Episode 11.

Put away your copy of Marlowe and do your best not to trade away your soul, because Wishbonafide Episode 11 focuses on Wolfgang von Goethe’s version of Faust, and Wishbone’s “Fleabitten Bargain” – featuring guest Nick Johnston!

Watch parts 1, 2 and 3 of the TV episode.

About Our Guest

Nick Johnston is originally from upstate New York but now lives between New Jersey and Wyoming. A graduate of Loyola University Maryland, Nick is pursuing a graduate degree in philosophy at KU Leuven with a focus on Continental philosophy. He enjoys reading world literature, Dungeons & Dragons, playing music, and the outdoors.

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