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Goethe himself said no one would like or understand
the Second part of Faust unless he had thought and suffered
much.   I won t be bold enough to say I do the latter,  
but assuredly it has more fascination for me than the earlier part
of the story. It s scope is so wide, has such grandeur of aim, and
presents such a throng of finely drawn pictures.  All Mankind are
on the stage. Times, chronology, creed, fable, the lie of paper-
promise-coin, all sported with.  And the Phardalian Walpurgis
night, what a picture. Mephisto, cold, impassionless, intensely devilish
devil confronting the mystic Sphynxes,   snarled at by the Gryphons,
his existence derided.   Homunculus, that glorious pedant-created
will o the wisp, half Asmodeus in wit and shrewdness   Proteus.  
and the wondrous Helen, with the daring bridging of Time and Space
on the whole episode relating to her.  Lastly the most grand conclusion
of the wondrous drama   the triumph over the Sensual, and  justi
fication  of All.	 / 	That the First part of Faust is more gen-
erally liked and known, is owing to the story of Margaret, which appeals
to the sympathies.   Beranger rightly divided the audience of the world
into Women, who go for passion and sentiment,   thinkers who go for
chatacter and mind, and the Many   who demand Incident   All
are right in wishing to be amused;   It is because each finds the
several ingredients, in Shakspere, that the most common place dog
is entertained and interested in his plays.
  5. Tuesday.   Out once or twice in the morning. Then
Mose all day.   Evening writing.  As lonely as Crusoe
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page eighty-five
Description:Gives his thoughts on Goethe's ''Faust.''
Date:1850-02-04
Subject:Books and reading; Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One
Description:Details Gunn's first year living in the United States, including his experiences with boarding house living in Jersey City and New York City, looking for work as an artist and a writer, publishing his first book ""Mose Among the Britishers"" and brief visits to Philadelphia and Boston.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-two volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.