The origins of the Faust story are uncertain and intriguing. The German legend maintains that Johann Georg Faust, in his desire to acquire more knowledge than anyone on Earth, makes a pact with the Devil. In exchange for his soul, Faust will be given unlimited insight and erudition. According to the original story, Faust was killed in an alchemical experiment; because his body was so badly damaged by the explosion, popular opinion arose that he must have bargained with the Devil and was subsequently punished.
While there was an original chapbook detailing the Faust legend, the first
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