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My Meeting With Mephistopheles

February 29, 2008 Premium content for subscribers. Subscribe Today

In my formative years, I spent many hours at Auerbach's Keller, a tavern in Leipzig, then part of East Germany. I sat in the room were Goethe had sat. I ate the same food that Goethe had eaten — Allerlei, a dish made of peas, carrots, asparagus...

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