The story of Faust (or Faustus) began life as an old German legend. Faust is a successful man, but dissatisfied with his life, and sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and pleasure. The name 'Faust' is Latin for 'lucky' or 'auspicious'.

 The Faust story has been reworked through the ages and appears in many forms. Best known of these are two plays: Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe (1564 - 1593), and Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832).