"As much poem as it is play, Faust is the spiritual quest of a soul determined to explore the very nature of Reality, a revolutionary work that refuses to accept limitations, but, like Romanticism itself, embraces all, the natural world of everyday life, as well as the Great World of universal experience, the macrocosm as well as the microcosm. In one aspect Faust records the journey of the feminine from its roots in the physical to the realm of Pure Idea, from animal to Eternal Feminine. Formation/Transformation is the road the play travels in its alchemical advance from base to exalted, from the unformed state to total individuation. Faust is the hero in whose being two contradictory forces collide. He is self-alienated man struggling to expand beyond the limitations of intellect and the known world, desperate to achieve a state, indeed mystical, where the opposites of Knowledge and Sensuality are One. Part One of Faust records that attempt in the context of earthly existence. Part Two unreels itself in the realm of myth, of classical antiquity, and of dream. Goethe's Faust has rightly been called the most audacious work in Western Civilization."--BOOK JACKET.