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    Faust I Matthew Lewis Translation

    Does anybody know if the Matthew Lewis translation of Faust I is in print? Or if it even exists today?

    Its just that i am doing an essay on Byron and i'd like to read the same translation he heard.
    Any help would be very much appreciated!

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    While Lewis is said to have translated Faust (orally) for Byron at the Villa Diodati in the summer of 1816 (1), are you certain that Lewis actually published a translation? I can find no reference to such.

    (1) William Rose, review of Goethe and Byron by J. G. Robertson, The Review of English Studies, Vol. 3, No. 9 (Jan., 1927), pp. 106.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgweed View Post
    While Lewis is said to have translated Faust (orally) for Byron at the Villa Diodati in the summer of 1816 (1), are you certain that Lewis actually published a translation? I can find no reference to such.

    (1) William Rose, review of Goethe and Byron by J. G. Robertson, The Review of English Studies, Vol. 3, No. 9 (Jan., 1927), pp. 106.
    I read in the Princeton University Press edition that the text was published in 1808, but come to think of it i may have assumed that the translation was Lewis' after reading that Byron had heard his.

    I will have to check back with the text - but thanks for the help

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    Goethe finished writing Faust around 1830.

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